Character Counts Food Drive

Character Counts Logo in Glenview

October 19 - 30, 2020

For nearly a dozen years, Character Counts! in Glenview has partnered with local parents and volunteers to organize a community-wide food drive to support the Northfield Township Food Pantry. 

Beginning Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 30, the students of District 34, District 31, District 30, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Catherine Laboure are coming together in conjunction with Character Counts Week to collect food items for donations to the local pantry.  Collection boxes will be located at each school. Families may also choose to deliver food or check/cash donations directly to the pantry. A running total can be found below.

What Should We Give?

The Northfield Township Food Pantry has received tremendous community support meeting the needs of our residents during the pandemic. Unfortunately there are still significant challenges simply sourcing enough food in appropriate household sizes.

Some of the most important items that are difficult to stock in sufficient numbers are canned proteins such as tuna, chicken, salmon, beef stew, pasta with meat i.e. SpaghettiOs, and beans; soup; rice and pasta mixes and shelf-stable potatoes.

We invite teachers to use the data collection in any school projects that seem appropriate. If you take photos of collection activities, email them to District 34 Director of Communications Cathy Kedjidjian.

We have set a community-wide goal of collecting 10,000 food items in two weeks.

Our intent is to get children thinking community-wide rather than by individual schools.

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Character Counts! Food Drive Tracker


District 30

District 31

District 34


St. Catherine Running Total
10/19 17                260   50 327
10/20 326   922 535 50 2,160
10/21 283     329 50 2,822
10/22 263 5 2,044 355 50 5,539
10/23 102   1,056 326 50 7,073
10/26 349   4,056   50 11,528
10/27 764   2,114   50 14,456
10/28 1,832   414   50 16,752
10/29 411   1,006   50 18,219
10/30 799   1,657   50 20,725

Who We Are?

This food drive is being organized by the Character Counts! in Glenview Committee and parent volunteers from Glenview District 34, West Northfield School District 31, Northbrook/Glenview District 30, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Catherine Laboure.
The purpose of our committee is to share ideas about how we can best support our children and their schools and, when appropriate, coordinate joint projects such as this one. This is the 11th year we have been running the Food Drive in conjunction with Character Counts! Week.