CARY – Community members again are raising money to benefit the Cary-Grove Food Pantry, although with a smaller goal this year.
The third annual Cary-Grove Fights Hunger campaign runs through the end of April. This year organizers do not plan to have events such as a pancake breakfast, opting for a mail-in campaign instead.
“We are not having any events,” campaign coordinator Cheryl Vaughn said in an email. “They were too costly, so we are relying on the letters with the envelopes that will be placed on mailboxes. This is where we received the most donations.”
Vaughn added in a phone interview that organizers spent more money running the events than what was brought in.
This year’s goal is $10,000, “but we need 100 percent community participation,” Vaughn and co-coordinator Sally Biere wrote in a fundraising letter.
The previous two years, the goal was $20,000. Last year, the campaign brought in $14,000. The first year, the campaign accumulated $18,000. It costs about $7,000 a month to effectively run the food pantry, Vaughn wrote.
“The Cary-Grove Food Pantry can get significant discounts on food that translates into more buying power for every donated dollar,” she wrote.
Cary Village President Tom Kierna and Fox River Grove Village President Robert Nunamaker have proclaimed April as “Cary Grove Fights Hunger” month.
To kick off the campaign, the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce donated $450, and the Cary Basketball Association contributed $250, Vaughn wrote.
The Cary-Grove High School Art Department plans to donate proceeds from its annual art show from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the school’s media center.
“Everybody is touched by somebody who has used the food pantry: a neighbor, a friend, an acquaintance,” Vaughn said.
Send donations to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry, c/o CGFH, 8901 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013.