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!
UCCA holds a yearly Holiday Food Drive that involves all of the 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 it is sorted for distribution to over 300 families. Individuals and families from throughout DuPage County then come help to distribute the food.
UCCA’s 3rd Annual Taste of the Town: FOOD FOR LIFE, held at Wilder Mansion on May 16, 2019, was another huge success! More than 200 guests enjoyed delicious food and beverage tastings from 17 Elmhurst businesses, chef demonstrations, and music from Clay Corso. Over $20,000 was raised to provide food for Elmhurst Community School District 205 children and their families experiencing difficult times.