April Food Day Aims to Collect More Than 30,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Southland Communities

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Karyn Ruhl
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
312-906-2291(direct)/847-431-7068(cell)
karyn.ruhl@uw-mc.org


WHAT: April Food Day Aims to Collect More Than 30,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Southland Communities

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) will host its annual April Food Day on Friday, April 1 to benefit local area food pantries across Chicago’s Southland region. The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau and more than 50 hotels, park districts and municipalities throughout the Chicago Southland region are serving as collection points for donations of food and toiletries.

On April 1, all donations will be taken to the Tinley Park Convention Center where they will be packaged and delivered to Southland food pantries including Respond Now-Chicago Heights, Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Richton Park Food Pantry, Catholic Charities –South Holland, Restoration Ministries—South Holland, LBD Enterprises—Hazel Crest and Together We Cope—Tinley Park.

Local food pantries estimate that the need for food and toiletries has more than doubled in the past five years. April Food Day will help Southland food pantries meet need in spring and summer months when other donations typically decrease and supplies diminish.

WHEN: Friday, April 1st
10:00am-2:00pm

WHERE: Tinley Park Convention Center
18501 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, Ill.

WHO: Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Yvonne Orr-El, Chief Professional Officer, United Way South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office
Jim Garrett, President /CEO, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

VISUAL: – More than 30,000 pounds of donated food and toiletry items being collected and
sorted
– Volunteers from local businesses, United Way and the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau sorting and packaging food

MORE: For more information on the event or to schedule interviews, please contact Karyn Ruhl at 847-431-7068 or karyn.ruhl@uw-mc.org. For full list of drop-off locations visit LiveUnitedChicago.org/AprilFoodDay

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