Help nourish our neighbors. Everyone deserves access to fresh, nutritious food. Join United Way of Metro Chicago for April Food Day on April 25, 2024, as we come together to promote food security and recognize our community leaders advancing equity in the south-southwest suburbs, a region facing high levels of poverty and systemic education, health, and wealth inequities.

Meeting the basic needs of our neighbors, like food security, is a key part of United Way's approach to building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region. April Food Day is United Way's annual food collection event and awards luncheon that addresses this need. Through donations of non-perishable food items, household goods, and financial support, YOU can help make this possible for individuals and families in the Southland.

View the April Food Day 2023 Recap Video on YouTube and photos from last year's event on Flickr.

Learn more about this year's food collection event and the awards luncheon using the buttons below.

Event Details

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Food Collection Event: 10am - 2pm
Awards Luncheon: 11:30am - 1pm

Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Dr.
Tinley Park, IL

Support with a Financial Gift

Questions? Please contact Maya Hardy.

Awards Luncheon

Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL
11:30am - 1pm

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To purchase tickets, contact Maya Hardy at


BlueCross BlueShield
of Illinois
Angelia Smith
Cornerstone Community Development Corporation

Food Collection Event

Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL
10am - 2pm

What Can I Donate? Drop-off Locations Start your own Food Drive

What Can I Donate?

Unopened, non-expired items; no glass please

  • 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice
  • Bagged Rice and Beans (canned and dry)
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables (pull tops if possible)
  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Granola Bars
  • Chips, Cookies, and/ Crackers
  • Canned Meats and Stews
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Infant Supplies (baby food, formula, diapers)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, menstrual products)

Donated items will support agencies in the Southland, including Blue Cap, Cornerstone Community Development Corporation, Governors State University, Orland Township, Respond Now, Restoration Ministries, Rich Township, St. Irenaeus, Thornton Township, Together We Cope

Donation Drop-off Locations

Donations of non-perishable food and other goods can be dropped off on April Food Day, April 25 from 10am - 2pm at the Tinley Park Convention Center, or in advance at a participating drop-off location.

If you are interesting in being a designated Donation Drop-off Location, please contact Maya Hardy.

Drop-off location map coming soon.

Start Your Own Food Drive

Invite colleagues, family, friends, and your networks to participate in a food drive for April Food Day 2024! Host your own food drive and then drop off donations either on April Food Day, April 25 from 10am-2pm at the Tinley Park Convention Center, or in advance at a participating drop-off location. Please complete the request form and we'll share materials to support your drive.

Drive Request Form

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please download and complete the event sponsorship form.

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To donate by stock, wire transfer, or other assets, please or 312.906.2350.

To pay by check, please note “April Food Day 2024” on the check and make checks payable to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Please mail by US Postal Service to United Way of Metro Chicago | 231196 Momentum Place | Chicago, IL 60689

If shipping by UPS, FedEx, or messenger service, please send to United Way of Metro Chicago | Fifth Third Wholesale Lockbox | Lockbox #231196 | 910 Pasquinelli Dr. | Westmont, IL 60559

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