CAN DO Community Challenge

A local hunger relief campaign, the CAN DO Community Challenge engages the community in the Food Pantry while raising awareness about hunger in our community.  

As part of CAN DO - the Challenge Corps - a group of local philanthropists has challenged the Food Pantry to raise $100,000 and 10,000 donated food items.  If we achieve our goal, the Challenge Corps will donate an additional $25,000. 

How to get involved:

  1. Make a donation
  2. Hold a Facebook fundraiser
  3. Host a food drive
  4. Sign up to volunteer

School Competition

As part of the CAN DO Community Challenge, we hold a competition amongst area schools to raise awareness and raise donations.  In the past 3 years, we've had 100% participation from Oak Park and River Forest public schools. Last year, Mann Elementary School took home the trophy with 20,579 points, collecting enough food to provide 137 families with food and access to hunger-relief programing. 

Overall, the school competition has a tremendous impact.  During the 2017 competition, schools collectively provided over 20,300 meals to our neighbors in need. 

The point-based system prioritizes large-impact donations including monetary donations and nutrient-dense donations.

  • 10 points for every $1 (each $1 donation translates to 3 meals)
  • 5 points for every high-powered items (plain oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, canned beans, canned fish, canned chicken)
  • 1 point for all other donations

Please contact Lauren for more information. 

Why April?

Traditionally donations are at the lowest in the spring, despite a year-round need for hunger-relief services.  Help us close this gap by joining in the CAN DO Community Challenge. 

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