April Food Day Aims to Collect More Than 100,000 Pounds of Food for Chicago Southland Communities

United Way of Metro Chicago will host its annual April Food Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The luncheon and food drive event will benefit local food pantries across Chicago’s south-southwest suburban region.

On April 13 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, non-perishable food donations will be sorted, packaged and distributed to 10 Southland food pantries. United Way of Metro Chicago’s South-Southwest Regional Board will also be hosting the April Food Day luncheon, honoring three community leaders.

Local food pantries report seeing an increase in the number of households looking for assistance due to the pandemic and rising food costs. April Food Day will help food pantries across the south-southwest suburban region meet the rising need in the spring and summer months when other donations typically decrease and supplies diminish.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Food Collection and Distribution
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Awards Luncheon

Tinley Park Convention Center
18501 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL


  • More than 100,000 pounds of donated food and household goods being collected
  • Volunteers from local businesses, schools and United Way of Metro Chicago sorting and packaging donations for distribution
  • Luncheon keynote speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
  • The presentation of three Southland community leadership awards:
    o Individual Leadership Award: Mia Cross, Director of Community Health and Programs, Family Christian Health Center
    o Business Award: Mi-Jack Products
    o Community Award: Thornton Township

For more information on the event or to schedule interviews, please contact Kris Adamik at 219.928.3154 or kris.adamik@liveunitedchicago.org. Visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/AprilFoodDay

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