As our last days of summer are filled with barbecues and picnics, NFPN is working to ensure everyone has enough food to enjoy this time of year.
So, in honor of Hunger Action Month, NFPN is organizing our end-of-summer 2013 Food Drive during the month of September! Currently, over 43,000 residents with NFPN’s service areas experience food insecurity, meaning they are unsure when they will get their next meal. NFPN members believe that everyone has a right to have consistent access to sufficient quantity and quality of safe, nutritionally adequate and culturally relevant food. You can be a part of this effort!
We are looking for local businesses, organizations and schools to join in this effort of bringing food security to our communities. This can happen in a variety of ways:
- Schools and community organizations can hold contests to generate donations of non-perishable food items and emergency non-food items, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies.
- Local businesses can invite NFPN to table in their stores or collect monetary donations at their registers which would directly go to emergency food providers to be able to purchase food for distribution.
- Community Gardens can coordinate harvest days with NFPN co-chairs to be directly donated to emergency food providers – food pantries and hot meal programs.
Here is a wish list of most needed items:
Beans (dry or can)
Cereal/granola bars (snacks)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Non food items
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol spray and bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult)
Please visit our Current Partners page for a listing of organizations that will benefit from the Summer Food Drive.
If you are interested in participating, please contact NFPN’s Co-Chairs:
Sarah Finkel (773) 276-4900 ext. 214
Casey Nunes (630) 440-1904
NFPN’s lead agency is La Casa Norte. La Casa Notre’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. They provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. La Casa Norte dreams of a world where all people have dignity, communities thrive and everyone belongs. NFPN is funded through Chicago Community Trust.