JACKSON TWP.  The Jackson Township community comes out every year for pancakes and sausage at the annual Unity in the Community Pancake Breakfast and Health Fair at the high school. Oct. 19 marked the 12th year and as in the past, the event was packed.

Each year, there are seven coordinators including Janelle Winkhart, Susie Gindlesberger, Jennifer Herold, Marsha Escola, Paula Blangger, Chris Snyder and Michele Haas.

“We are estimating that we have fed over 3,000 people this morning,” Winkhart said. “The health fair started with us eight years ago so it’s difficult to say how many people come in the building because there are many people that come just for the health fair.”

One of the new additions to the event were the numerous kids’ activities including balloon animals, face painting and chalk the walk. New this year was a selfie booth.

The coordinators had some fun facts to share about the events including how they used the following amounts of food and drinks, much of which were donated:

• 700 pounds of pancake mix

• 3,000 pounds of milk

• 35 pounds of Starbucks coffee

• 5,000 individual cups

• 32 cases of sausage links

• Kids from Jackson’s elementary students made more than 3,000 placemats

• Mums were donated by Lafayette Nursery and Nick Olinger Landscaping

• There were 150 teacher and staff volunteers

• Close to 150 student volunteers

• 50 community volunteers

• the girls soccer team once again was in charge of the clean up

• Volunteers work in four different shifts starting at 5 a.m.

While the main focus of the event is to bring the community together, proceeds from the event go to help a variety of different family needs in the community. 

“We enjoy bringing together the community especially those who may never have been inside the high school. It’s a way for the community to see what we have in Jackson Township. It’s also nice to have so many set up for the health fair so that people can come in for different free services as blood pressure checks and information,” Winkhart said.

While the coordinators wanted to give a lot of credit to Marsha Escola and her cafeteria staff, Escola said, it was a team effort.

“This event happens because of a really good team effort, and it works to bring everyone together," she said.