Food donations being collected all over Plainfield for Hunger Month

8/31/2015, 11:13 a.m.
Non-perishable goods is being collected at sites all over town -- and at public events -- to benefit several food ...

The village of Plainfield provided this news release:

September is National Hunger Action Month, and Plainfield is getting involved by hosting a food drive, in cooperation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, to benefit the Green Harvest Food Pantry, Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and the Creekside Cares backpack food program.

The Village of Plainfield, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Plainfield School District 202 will be accepting donations from Sept. 1 to 30.

The food pantries would appreciate donations of: oatmeal/cereal/cereal bars; canned chicken and tuna; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; rice; dried beans; canned fruits and vegetables; soups/ramen; macaroni & cheese; hot chocolate; and individual snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding, applesauce, cookies, crackers, chips, raisins, cheese & crackers). Personal care products (bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste) and paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towel) are also welcomed.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 24047 W. Lockport St.;
  • Plainfield Library, 15025 S. Illinois S.; Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.;
  • School District Administration Center, 15732 Howard St.;
  • Plainfield School District 202 Schools.

Thursday, Sept. 3, is Go Orange Day. Residents are encouraged to wear orange, tie an orange ribbon around their lampposts, or change their porch lights to orange to show support for local hunger relief efforts and to spark a conversation about hunger.

Go Orange Day photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #HungerAction and tagging Northern Illinois Food Bank (@ILFoodBank).

Other Hunger Action Month events in Plainfield include:

  • To help raise awareness of hunger in our community, look for the Hunger Action Month Bus around town!
  • On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Plainfield Library will be holding a Food for Fines Day. You can exchange up to $1 in fines per nonperishable item you bring in to donate that day.
  • Residents are encouraged to bring donations to Coffee with the Mayor at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St., at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
  • Donations will be accepted at Coffee with the Superintendent at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the District 202 Administration Center, 15732 Howard St.
  • The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a donation drive during their membership luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
  • On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Nevin’s Brewing Company, 12337 S. Route 59, will give 15 percent back to hunger if you mention the Northern Illinois Food Bank or Hunger Action Month.