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Elgin MLK community food drive sets 6-ton-plus goal

Updated: January 20, 2014 8:14AM

ELGIN — As part of Elgin’s 28th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the MLK Celebration Committee is hosting its third annual communitywide food drive.

Food that is collected between now and Jan. 19 will be distributed to local pantries to provide much-needed food through the winter months, when the pantries frequently have severe shortages. Shortages are expected to increase this year due to recent cutbacks on food stamps, according to a release from the committee.

Sponsored by Elgin’s Human Relations Commission and coordinated by the celebration committee, the goal this year will be to exceed 6 tons of collected can goods and household staples. During the first two years of the event, the food drive collected more than 22,000 pounds of food.

All collected items will be sorted and delivered by volunteers to six local food pantries and Senior Services on the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Holiday.

Food can be donated at all local Elgin and South Elgin Jewel stores, Elgin Fresh Markets, Butera food stores and Walgreen Drug stores. In addition, food can be dropped off at many local churches, which are also collecting food from members and residents, and at city Hall.

Joe Wars, MLK Committee member organizing the food drive, said he is hopeful that the community will rally behind the cause.

“We hope to see even bigger response than last year, as we know the need is growing,” he said.

For more information on the food drive, including how to volunteer, contact Wars at 847-742-2228 or

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend of events is sponsored by the Elgin Human Relations Commission along with the year-long efforts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee.

Members of the MLK Planning Committee include Rose Reinert, Danise Habun, Wars, Janice Hare, Andre Allen, Angela Causey, Angela Banks, Deborah Spates, Rene Neal, Aloun Khotisene, June Wooten, Dianha Ortega-Ehrethand and Brandi Benjamin.

More information on all of the events is available at or from the city of Elgin at 847-931-5667.

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