Organizers planning Cary-Grove Fights Hunger campaign

For the fourth year, members of the community will work to financially help the Cary-Grove Food Pantry.

Next month begins the annual Cary-Grove Fights Hunger campaign, which has raised $51,000 for the Cary-Grove Food Pantry over the past three years.

Organizers at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church and St. Barnabas Christian School hope this year to raise $15,000.

It costs more than $7,000 a month to run a food pantry, according to the letter that fundraiser organizers plan to send out to residents in the community.

However, with the food pantry able to receive discounts on food it buys, it can purchase $8 of groceries for about $1.

This year, Cary-Grove Fights Hunger organizers and volunteers are relying mostly on a mail-in campaign, rather than having many events because the events cost more money than they brought in, said coordinator Cheryl Vaughn.

St. Barnabas Christian School does plan to hold a Hop for Hunger fundraiser on Wednesday and Thursday.

Vaughn, however, plans to move to Georgia because her husband, Jeffry, has a new job. Vaughn said no one is lined up to continue the fundraiser next year, so this year may be the last Cary-Grove Fights Hunger campaign.

Fliers will be sent home with District 26 students, Vaughn said. There also will be digital signs around town promoting the campaign.

Vaughn said a lot more money came in from people sending envelopes with donations in response to fliers about the campaign.

Sometimes donations came in throughout the year.

“Those $20 [donations] just really add up,” Vaughn said.

Notices also are being sent to businesses in the two towns the food pantry primarily serves.

“The businesses of Cary and Fox River Grove were generous last year,” Vaughn said. “We’re banking on them this year.”

For the past three years, organizers have asked residents in Cary and Fox River Grove to donate toward the food pantry during the month of April.

Organizers avoided November and December because people would be spending on the holidays. They avoided the time when people would be spending money on preparing for the beginning of the school year, and skipped the summer months because people go away on vacations.

“With spring comes hope, new life, new attitudes,” Vaughn said. “So we picked April.”

To donate

To contribute to the campaign, send donations to: Cary-Grove Food Pantry, c/o CGFH, 8901 Cary Algonquin Road, Cary, IL 60013, or go to www.cgfoodpantry.org.

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