JACKSON TWP. Serving more than 9,000 pancakes in one morning isn’t an easy task. It takes a lot of cooks, servers, people to clean the tables and people to sell tickets. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Unity in the Community Pancake Breakfast and Health Fair makes it all happen.
The ninth annual Unity in the Community Pancake Breakfast and Health Fair was held in the Commons at Jackson High School on Oct. 15. Janelle Winkhart was one of the co-chairs and coordinators this year. She said more than 200 students from Jackson Local Schools joined the volunteer crew to make the breakfast a success.
"We have volunteers from the school district, the school board and the community help us every year to serve the thousands of people who come every year," Winkhart said. "There are students teachers, staff members and the administration helping. We have an early morning crew that includes Superintendent Chris DiLoreto, school board members and many others that come in at 5:15 a.m. There are just a lot of people give their time for this event."
Proceeds from the event go to Jackson Local families in need. Plus, there are two $1,500 scholarships given each year to two seniors graduates, and 10 percent goes to the Jackson Foundation.
The many sponsors donate the food that was cooked and served. Sponsors included Buehler’s Chick-Fil-A, Gordon Food Service, J.M. Smucker Co., MCTV, Omni Orthopedics, Smith Foods, Inc., Sonic America’s Drive-In, Starbucks of Noble’s Pond, That Little Italian Kitchen, The Shack Custom Screen Printing and Winkhart, Rambacher & Griffin. Olinger Landscapes donated mums and M-Creative Media discounted printing costs.
There were more than 50 health care vendors setup and there were activities for the kids. Susie Gindlesberger, Paula Blangger, Jennifer Herold and Marcia Escola were all co-chairs of the event.
"This event always draws a big crowd," Winkhart said. "Throughout the morning, we serve around 3,000 people. It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast, but with a minimum of three pancakes, each it adds up to at least 9,000 pancakes served. That takes a lot of work from a lot volunteers, which is why this event is so successful every year."