The United Way of the North Shore, area food pantries, local businesses and volunteers are launching a week-long drive tomorrow to help refill the shelves at local food pantries.

Nationally America’s Second Harvest reports an average 15 to 20 percent increase in the number of people turning to food pantries for help last year. And in affluent New Trier Township there was a 53 percent increase in the number of people requesting assistance.

Collection boxes, donated by Pioneer Packaging, will be placed at local banks and businesses including:

  • Harris Bank in Glencoe and Highland Park
  • Coldwell-Banker in Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka
  • Northern Trust in Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glenview and Winnetka
  • Evanston Libraries
  • Evanston Civic Center
  • Lake Bluff Public Library
  • Sunset Foods in Highland Park
  • National City Bank in Highland Park
  • Bank of America in Highland Park
  • Chase Bank in Highland Park
  • United Way of the North Shore, at the Willow Hill Executive Offices

Donated goods will be distributed to the New Trier Township Food Pantry, Morraine Township Food Pantry, Hemenway Church in Evanston and the Salvation Army. United Way has set a goal to collect 10,000 pounds of food.

“While we can’t eradicate all of the need in our area, we can certainly make a difference. We are one community and we LIVE UNITED,” said Gary Von Glinow, Chief Professional Officer, United Way of the North Shore. “We hope as we launch our United Way campaign, that the 11 communities across the North Shore will come together to give, advocate and volunteer and contribute to our food drive Oct. 3 through 10.”

For more information on how to participate, contact United Way of the North Shore at (847) 999-2990 or

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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