Character Counts Food Drive

Character Counts Logo in Glenview
Character Counts Food Drive at D30 with staff and students-5
Westbrook Students participating in Character Counts! Food Drive
Food items collected for Character Counts Food Drive
Character Counts! Food Drive at D30 staff and students-3
Character Counts! Food Drive at D30 staff and students
Character Counts! Food Drive with D30 staff and students
Westbrook Character Counts! Food Drive with Principal Hoeft and Panda Mascot
Filled minivan with items collected for the food drive
Food items collected for Character Counts Food Drive

October 17 - 21, 2022

For over a decade, 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 (2550 Waukegan Rd Suite 100, Glenview, IL 60025). 

Beginning Monday, October 17 to Friday, October 21, the students of District 34, District 30 and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 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.

Stuff the Bus! Character Counts! in Glenview Food Drive

This year, we added a School Bus Collection night on Tuesday, October 18. Parents, students and community members visited us along our route and helped us Stuff the Bus for the food pantry! We collected about 1,950 items for the Northfield Township Food Pantry at our Stuff the Bus event!

What Should We Give?

The Northfield Township Food Pantry has received tremendous community support meeting the needs of our residents. 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 Executive Director of Communications Cathy Kedjidjian.

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

Character Counts! Food Drive Tracker

Date Glenview Community Running Total
10/17 200 items 200 items
10/18 1,508 items 1,708 items
Stuff the Bus 1,950 items 3,658 items
10/19 864 items 4,522 items
10/20 789 items 5,311 items
10/21 1,170 items 6,481 items

Who We Are?

This food drive is being organized by the Character Counts! in Glenview Committee and parent volunteers from Glenview District 34, Northbrook/Glenview District 30, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
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 13th year we have been running the Food Drive in conjunction with Character Counts! Week.