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 18 - 29, 2021

For 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 18 to Friday, October 29, 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.

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.

Character Counts! Food Drive Tracker

Date District 30 District 34 Running Total
10/18 209 168.50 377.50
10/19 371 726.70 1,475.20
10/20 464 1,688.60 3,627.80
10/21 386 1,638.50 5,652.30
10/22 579 2,692.60 8,923.90
10/25 287 5,776 14,986.60
10/26 891 815.50 16,693.40
10/27 303 1,545.25 18,541.65
10/28 277 2,000 20,818.65
10/29 621 929 22,368.65
TOTAL for each district




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 12th year we have been running the Food Drive in conjunction with Character Counts! Week.