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posted: 5/27/2014 6:47 PM

Elgin Teachers Association Cares

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  • Food pickup at the Elgin Teachers Association/Illinois Education Assocation offices by Northern Illinois Food Bank.

      Food pickup at the Elgin Teachers Association/Illinois Education Assocation offices by Northern Illinois Food Bank.
    Courtesy of Jack Janezic

 
Kathryn Castle

The members of the Elgin Teachers Association collected more than 80 boxes of food donations for the Northern Illinois Food Bank over 4 days.

All the food was donated, collected and delivered for pickup by ETA members. The food was collected at member work sites May 19-22, and the food bank picked up the donation at our IEA office on Friday, May 23.

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While many of our school sites have donated to a variety of food pantries during the school year, this was the first time the ETA as an organization has focused the effort for all members to participate together.

When the Elgin Area School District U-46 announced ending the Breakfast in the Classroom program, our ETA leaders began a conversation about our struggling school families and recognized that children need nutritional support in the summer months as well as during the school year.

The members of the ETA wanted to find a way to say to our students and their families that we do care. We set a goal of one box per site and of course our members far exceeding this modest goal.

We choose the Northern Illinois Food Bank as a partner because they help support programs that touch many of our school communities. They provided us with easy to follow directions and a list of desired list of foods.

Members feel this was a very positive way to wrap up the main events of this school year and will continue to look for ways to partner with our communities.

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