New Trier Township Notes Summer Food Drive Success; Regular Donations Needed To Keep Shelves Stocked

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Winnetka, July 22, 2010 – Canned fruit, cereal, and laundry detergent were among the many items collected as New Trier Township and Grand Food Center joined together for a food and fund drive this past month. Volunteers stood outside the Grand Food Store in Glencoe and Winnetka and handed flyers to shoppers with a list of needed items. Thanks to the community’s generous support, approximately 250 bags of groceries and $250 in contributions were collected during the drive.
"Through the open-hearted generosity of shoppers we were able to restock our pantry shelves for two to three weeks," noted Patricia B. Cantor, New Trier Township Supervisor. "We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the management and staff at Grand Food Center for allowing us to conduct our drives at their stores in Winnetka and Glencoe."
Historically, the summer months are when the New Trier Township Pantry begins to see a decline in donations, yet the usage of the pantry remains the same. In some cases, notes Cantor, the needs can increase as families who receive assistance with the free lunch program during the school year no longer have access to that resource when school is not in session.
Each week, when fully stocked, approximately 90 bags of groceries are distributed. "When the pantry shelves become bare we do not turn people away but they are leaving with less," Cantor adds. The need continues and the Township publishes a list of current priority needs on its website at
About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents.  Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield, and a small unincorporated area in Winnetka. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or online at

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