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NOVEMBER 20, 2016 – MATTESON, IL – Culver’s celebrates this holiday season by giving back to the community. Throughout the Chicagoland area, more than 30 restaurant locations will be hosting toy drives for local hospitals and organizations that support children in need. As a fourth-year initiative, Culver’s continues its tradition of spreading holiday cheer.
Culver’s of Matteson has partnered with South Suburban Toys for Kids and will see that all toy donations will be delivered to thousands of needy families and dozens of churches, daycare centers and relief agencies throughout the Chicago and southwest suburbs. Until then, the restaurant will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for all ages.

“Culver’s is proud to be a part of this collaboration that allows us to collect donations that will be delivered locally,” said Culver’s of Matteson owner Corey Latham. “It’s special to know the toys will be given to children from our community who are going through a tough time right now.”

To donate, visit Culver’s of Matteson at 20716 Cicero, just south of Vollmer Rd.

We received the following email from Kate Maehr, CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository describing the hunger crisis that exists in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. We share this to emphasize that hunger affects hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors in communities throughout our region and that the fight against hunger is a 365 day a year war.

Earlier this week, I received a report on the number of visits to Cook County's pantries in May 2012. The figures were startling - in May 2012, there were 485,962 individual visits to pantries, up 13 percent from last May. The number of individual visits would fill Soldier Field nearly eight times.

Tomorrow marks the end of our fiscal year. And when we close for operations tomorrow and begin to review our databases and spreadsheets, we will look back on an awesome and sobering achievement. We project 5.5 million visits for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

We will look back at the past 12 months in gratitude. We are humbled by the support we have received from the community. Chicagoans again have stood up and shown that they will not accept hunger in their neighborhoods. For that, we are incredibly thankful.

Here are just a few of the achievements you have helped make possible:

• Surpassing 2015 goal of making produce 30 percent of our overall food distribution. This year, produce made up 33 percent of all food distributed - 21 million pounds of fruit and vegetables.

• Helping 87 men and women build a career in foodservice through our Chicago's Community Kitchens training program.

• Helping individuals and families access food by assisting with and submitting 3,030 applications for SNAP / Food Stamps.

• And last Saturday, we broke our attendance record when more than 11,400 people participated in the 27th Annual Hunger Walk.

On behalf of the staff of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the people we serve, thank you for your support. We look forward to future collaboration in the months ahead.
Kate Maehr
Executive Director & CEO
Greater Chicago Food Depository


Sweet 16 NCAA Men's Basketball Fund RaiserOur 4th annual Sweet 16 NCAA Men's Basketball Fund Raiser was a great success! We raised over $7700 with 100% of the proceeds going to feed hungry children and their families.

We are most grateful to our "Hunger Fighters," whose donations funded the $500 prizes awarded to the POOL winners: In the order that their generous donations were received: Emily and Greg Grossman, Adam Cantor, Aviva and Matthew Cantor, Lisa and Jeff Charnogorsky, Barbara and Herb Linn, Dr. Barry Booth, Judy and Maynard Lewis, Carol and Bob Deutsch, Ellen and Dr. Lew Smith, Laurie Weiss, Dr. John Damas,  Dr. Michael LaFerla., Jeff Leland, Joe Steinberg,  Dr. Steve Heaney, Judy Kogon, and Ron Levitsky. We are also most appreciative that all 4 POOL winners donated their winnings back to LBD!

Special thanks also go to Matthew Cantor for providing computer expertise and Paula Cantor for doing all the administrative work necessary to operate a fund raiser of this size and complexity. We also would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mike Worrell of Black Umbrella Design who has donated his time to create and update this website since we started the POOL.

We are hopeful that everyone who has participated in the POOL this year will sign up again next year and encourage their friends on FACEBOOK and other social media sites to do the same. The email explaining how the POOL works and instructions on how to participate will be emailed  shortly following "Selection Sunday," in March of 2013.

Christmas 2011

A total of 22,198 toys were donated and over $2,000 raised. A total of 17,601 toys were given to individuals and a total of 4,597 toys were given to children from 13 different community organizations throughout the south suburbs. We had over 3000 children participate in our 18th annual Toy Giveaway at the Fieldhouse in Markham the Sunday before Christmas. Literally thousands of children would have gone without a present if not for the efforts of LBD Enterprises/South Suburban Toys for Kids and the many volunteers who support our efforts around Christmas. Thank you to all who donated their time, toys, and money and helped make our Christmas Program a success this year. We would also like to invite everyone back for next year!

Many thanks to Mi-Jack, City Beverage, Jeffrey Cantor, Jeff Charnogorsky, Doug Shabelman, Mike Balkin, A.D. Singh, Wal-Mart, U.S. Bank, Park National Bank, Sandbox Early Learning Centers, Ford Motor Company, and the IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation. We also want to thank Bonnie Rubin, who wrote a wonderful article in the Chicago Tribune about our Toy Drive, and Mike Worrell from Black Umbrella Design, our most talented website designer.

Thanksgiving 2011

A total of approximately 1500 families were supplied with groceries and turkey or ham for the holiday. Many thanks to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the largest food bank in the Midwest, for it's support. We also want to recognize all those who volunteered their time and resources to help make Thanksgiving a time of celebration for so many children and their families who have fallen on hard times in the communities that we serve.


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