Thank you to everyone who supported and joined us for April Food Day 2023!

April Food Day is United Way’s annual food collection event and awards luncheon that addresses food insecurity in the south-southwest suburbs, a region facing high levels of poverty and systemic education, health, and wealth inequities.
To learn more about the April Food Day 2023 - Food Collection, click here.

Awards Luncheon Event Details

Thursday, April 27, 2023

11:30am - 1:00pm
Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Dr.
Tinley Park, IL

Questions? Please contact Maya Hardy.

2023 Honorees

Bonita M. Parker
Community Leadership Award

Business Leadership Award

Cook County
Game Changer Award


Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, Chris was raised by his mother, Zora, a single parent surviving on $250 per month from public aid. In 1987, his life would change dramatically when he accepted a football scholarship from legendary Coach Lou Holtz and the University of Notre Dame.

Chris made history as part of Notre Dame football’s all-time winning streak with 23 consecutive wins. As a starter for Notre Dame, he compiled an impressive 33-4 record. Of those 37 games, his team went into 21 of those games ranked #1 in the nation. Following his 1991 graduation from Notre Dame, Chris was drafted by Hall of Fame Coach Mike Ditka and the Chicago Bears NFL team. Recognized for his fierce commitment on and off the playing field, Chris received a score of athletic awards: selection as an alternate for the 1993 Pro Bowl, NFL “Extra Effort” Award, The 10th Anniversary "All-Madden Team," and the NFL Man of the Year Award, just to name a few.

Read Chris Zorich's Full Bio

Support April Food Day with a Financial Gift

To support the event with a donation by credit card, please complete the donation form below.
For more ways to make a contribution, click here.
Thank you for your support.

To donate by stock, wire transfer, or other assets, please email or call 312.906.2238

To pay by check, please note “April Food Day 2023” 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 Lockbox | Lockbox #231196 | 910 Pasquinellii Dr. | Westmont, IL 60559-5526

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

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