GBS boosts giving spirit with food drive

The signs of fall are here, and at Glenbrook South that means one thing – supporting Titan neighbors through the canned food drive.

GBS is making sure to give fully this season with a new and improved canned food drive that continues to support the Northfield Township Food Pantry, Onward House and Vital Bridges. 

“[In past years], we always had a numerical goal for a certain number of cans,” said Abby Grant, GBS student president. “This year, we decided to make it less about the number and restore the humanity in the food drive by making it more service-related for the students.”

With the new system, each donated item will be counted as a certain number of points. The most needed items will be worth a higher amount of points. Some of these needed items include: beverages, canned tuna, chicken or salmon, canned tomatoes, chicken noodle soup, dry pinto beans, diapers, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. GBS clubs and classes will compete against each other for the highest score of points.

Jill Brickman, Northfield Township supervisor, said more than 550 families are currently active at the food pantry.

“That represents about 1,600 individuals who are here on a monthly basis getting food,” Brickman said. “We depend completely on donations for everything we distribute; we don’t use any tax dollars to supply the pantry.”

Many people in the local community are using the food pantry year-round. 

“Our motto is ‘Hunger is Unacceptable in Our Community,’” Brickman said. “This isn’t helping strangers or people in a far-off land; they’re helping their neighbors.”

How to help:

In support of the canned food drive, a benefit concert featuring the GBS Master Choir and the world-renowned Kenyan Boys Choir will be held at 8:15 pm November 2 in the GBS auditorium. Admission is free, but food drive donations are encouraged. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

More information 

Canned food drive items can be also donated now through November 21 in the Student Activities Office.  

Video:

Check out this food drive video from GBS TV & Film.

GBS boosts giving spirit with food drive