Thanks to the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot for their generous donation of $15,000 to UCCA. This donation will help UCCA continue to provide food, referrals and services to Elmhurst District 205's most financially disadvantaged children and their families in an effort to fight hunger.
Photo: Dan Gibbons presents the check to UCCA President Shari Haug.
We were back in person for our Annual Holiday Food Drive this year. Our Holiday Food Drive involves all of the Elmhurst District 205 Schools, the YMCA, the Elmhurst Public Library, the Elmhurst Park District and many companies and other organizations around Elmhurst.
The food is gathered at the Elmhurst City Garage where 130 volunteers packed 1,233 boxes of food.
AUGUST 7-14, 2021
A huge thank you to Mariano’s for selecting UCCA as the recipient of its Pack the Pantries donations. Shoppers had the opportunity to make a $5 or $10 donation at checkout for UCCA.
UCCA continued to bring mobile food pantry trucks with free groceries to Churchville Middle School for all Elmhurst District 205 families and those in the area in need of groceries) approximately once a month. Volunteers helped us sort the food as it came off the truck and then loaded the food into people’s cars.
Due to COVID restrictions, UCCA was not able to hold its annual fundraising event at Wilder Mansion this year. Instead, we asked Elmhurst establishments to each hold an “eat and earn” one day during the month of May to benefit UCCA. The event was a great success, raising almost $7,000, which was used to provide Mobile Food Pantries through the summer and fall months to Elmhurst District 205 children and their families experiencing difficult times.
UCCA’s Annual Holiday Food Drive had to look a little different this year because of Covid-19 restrictions. Even though we were unable to collect food from outside organizations, the community really stepped up and donated money so families would receive larger gift cards than normal, as well as their boxed Holiday Dinner. Roberto’s Ristorante allowed UCCA to use some of their empty space since the City Garage was unavailable. It was a true Community Food Drive!