We are currently seeking individuals and groups to conduct H.U.G.S. Thanksgiving Food Drives in your neighborhood, office, school, club and/or place of worship. Collections can take place now through November 13, 2012. Between Nov 13-16 volunteers are needed to help sort food and load trucks for delivery to pantries on Saturday, November 17. Volunteering details are included in the promotional flyer below. Use the downloadable flyer to promote your own H.U.G.S. Food Drive! Our new Hunger 101 service-learning curriculum is also available to make your service more meaningful.
To volunteer, or to inquire about receiving the Hunger 101 materials, email firstname.lastname@example.org and type "H.U.G.S. Food Drive" in the subject line.
Please download the flyer here:
Thank you for giving!
2011 H.U.G.S. Food Drive Results and History
Thousands of volunteers reached out to make Thanksgiving Dinner a possibility for hundreds of families and individuals in Lake County including: The children, families, and staff of all District 67 and District 65 Schools; Residents of the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff community at large; Lake Forest Girl Scouts; LFHS High School Special Ed Dept; the LFHS Men's and Women's Club; LFHS Girls Volleyball Team; congregation members of the Union Church of Lake Bluff; the Highland Park High School Key Club; student volunteers from the College of Lake County, Carmel High School in Mundelein and Gavin Central School in Ingleside, families from Libertyville, Vernon Hills and Grayslake; employees of Aerotek Corporation in Deerfield; and the Board of Lake County Cares.
652 Thanksgiving bags complete with 9 items each for a family of four
1400+ pounds of additional miscellaneous canned and dry goods
$1750 in gift cards for pantries to distribute at their discretion
$690 in cashier's checks for pantries to purchase food items in bulkThe Food Pantries Served:Shields Township, Lake Bluff
Mt. Sinai, North Chicago
Mt. Moriah, North Chicago
Holy Family, Waukegan
Community Christian, Waukegan
Abiding Love, Zion
A Safe Plan, Round Lake
West Deerfield Township
Huge thanks to Gorton Community Center for lending Lake County Cares the use of the auditorium and stage for sorting and storing the thousands of items! And, CEI Transport for sponsoring the rental of two Penske trucks for making our deliveries possible on Saturday.Meet Kristen Hughes! (scroll down to view Kristen's photo)"As a freshman in high school when I started this project, I had always hoped that it would carry on and continue to grow but seeing how much it has blossomed in the past four years just astounds me. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the H.U.G.S. to All program."History: The H.U.G.S. program was created in 2004 by LFHS graduate, Kristen Hughes. After delivering more than 800 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need over a three year period, she received The Volunteer Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff's 2007 Heart of the Community Award. Since 2004, thousands of residents of Lake County have pitched in to provide direct food aid to food pantries and families in need through the Kristen Hughes HUGS Food Drive.