Students Helping Students drive gathers donations for Northbrook kids in need

  • Charlie Chemers, left, and Erin Nibeck accept a donation from Northbrook resident Neal Parikh during the Students Helping Students drive with the Hunger Resource Network Sunday, July 25.

    Charlie Chemers, left, and Erin Nibeck accept a donation from Northbrook resident Neal Parikh during the Students Helping Students drive with the Hunger Resource Network Sunday, July 25. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Nibeck, who helped organize the Students Helping Students drive Sunday, July 25, sorts collected donations at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook.

    Erin Nibeck, who helped organize the Students Helping Students drive Sunday, July 25, sorts collected donations at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Students Helping Students collected donations for the Hunger Resource Network outside Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook Sunday, July 25. Dan Jariabka, back left, and Henry Fetta, back right, of the Hunger Resource Network joined students Sammie Gelfeld, Nicole Helinski, Charlie Chemers, Erin Nibeck and Ola Zynel for the event.

    Students Helping Students collected donations for the Hunger Resource Network outside Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook Sunday, July 25. Dan Jariabka, back left, and Henry Fetta, back right, of the Hunger Resource Network joined students Sammie Gelfeld, Nicole Helinski, Charlie Chemers, Erin Nibeck and Ola Zynel for the event. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Nibeck, who helped organize the Students Helping Students drive Sunday, July 25, sorts through the toiletries and food items they collected at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook.

    Erin Nibeck, who helped organize the Students Helping Students drive Sunday, July 25, sorts through the toiletries and food items they collected at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative.

    Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative.

    Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative.

    Erin Nibeck, back from left, Sammie Gelfeld, Charlie Chemers, Ola Zynel, front left, and Nicole Helinski collected donations Sunday at Westmoor Elementary School as part of the Students Helping Students drive benefiting the Hunger Resource Network's Hunger Free Northbrook initiative. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Students Helping Students with the Hunger Resource Network drive Sunday, July 25.

    Students Helping Students with the Hunger Resource Network drive Sunday, July 25. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/28/2021 7:02 PM

On Sunday, recent Glenbrook North grad Erin Nibeck and a team of student volunteers -- Ola Zynel, Nicole Helinski, Sammie Gelfeld and Charlie Chemers -- collected drop-off donations of personal care items, toiletries, fun snacks and, in some cases cash, outside Westmoor Elementary School.

The donations will benefit Hunger Free Northbrook, an initiative of the Northbrook-based Hunger Resource Network aimed at helping elementary and middle school students on the free and reduced-cost lunch programs in the community.

 

"The tangible is getting the food and supplies out to people who need it," said Henry Fetta, director and vice president of the Hunger Resource Network.

"But the intangible is getting the message out and helping people realize hunger is an issue even a community like Northbrook is facing."

Fetta and Dan Jariabka, president of the Hunger Resource Network, were on hand helping with the collections.

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