JACKSON TWP. Organizers of the Unity in Our Community Breakfast & Health Fair are getting ready for the 10th annual event. This year, the event is scheduled form 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Commons area of Jackson High School.
Proceeds from the event go to help kids and families in need from Jackson Township and to Jackson Local Schools. The core group of organizers for the event are Janelle Winkhart, Susie Gindlesberger and Jennifer Herold, who get a lot of help from Food Service Director Marsha Escola and close to 400 volunteers.
Teachers, staff and students from the Jackson Local School district volunteer to flip pancakes, cook sausages, clean tables and help with clean up. The partners who help with the event include Buehler’s Fresh Food donates pancakes, Gordon Food Service donates the sausage, Smith Foods donates a 50 percent match, Starbucks donates coffee, The JM Smucker Company donates syrup, That Little Italian Kitchen donates butter and Massillon Cable makes monetary donations and provides free advertising.
There is also a health fair going on during the breakfast with exhibitors from dental offices, Jackson Lions Club, Jackson Township fire and police, Paul and Carol David YMCA, the Health Department, Mercy Medical Center, Aultman and chiropractors among many others. Visitors will find many of the health care providers doing free health checks such as blood pressure and others.
“The core group of organizers start planning the breakfast about 10 weeks in advance, it’s continued to grow and evolve over the years,” said Jackson Local Schools Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto. “After each breakfast is finished the organizers look at any improvements they can incorporate into the next year. I think in the past 10 years we have served approximately 60,000 pancakes."
The breakfast has become a tradition and the goal is to bring people together from all over the township for breakfast. DiLoreto said it’s a great morning to sit and have breakfast and good conversation with people from the community and with people from all of the different organizations that serve the township.
Jackson Township Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez wrote in an email interview, “The school is the focal point of our community, they bring out the township spirit and unity through sports and many other activities.
“This annual breakfast brings in a good number of residents from all over the area in pride and fellowship. Our school system is the number one draw to our community and I thank Chris DiLoreto, his administration, the school board and the best darn teachers around,” he added
The Jackson Township Trustees can usually be found at the breakfast along with other community leaders and their families.
“Jackson Township is a great place to raise a family. We have great schools, excellent police and fire, highways and parks. When we join together with the YMCA and other organizations including the health care providers that will be here that morning, all age groups are represented at this event,” DiLoreto said.