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    Saturday, October 9 | Gail Borden Library Annual MLK, Jr. Food Drive

    This Saturday from 10am to 1pm, the Gail Borden Library will be accepting food donations as part of the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Food Drive.

    The event is usually held in January, but organizers have determined that a head start is necessary.

    Organizers of the event are making it easier for local residents to help others in these challenging times caused by COVID. Those donating items won’t have direct contact with food drive organizers—they will simply drive up and pop their trunk and a volunteer will take the donations out of the trunk.

    Gail Borden Library is located at 270 N Grove Avenue in Elgin. Donations will be accepted at the northeast corner of the library parking lot near Ann Street. Directional signage will help drivers arrive and depart easily. 

    Suggested items to donate include peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, pasta, beans and rice, canned fruit, cereal, pancake mix and syrup, and canned vegetables. A complete list of suggested items can be found here

    The food drive is also accepting cash donations as every dollar donation purchases eight pounds of food. To make a donation online and for more information about the food drive, please visit cityofelgin.org/mlk

    In its eleventh year, the food drive is organized by the City of Elgin’s Human Relations Commission. Donations from the food drive will help supply several area food pantries including Elgin Crisis Center, Food for Greater Elgin, All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry, Westside Church of Christ, Centro de Información, the Salvation Army of Elgin, Bethesda Church and Hanover Township Food Pantry.  

    Food donations from the library event will go to Food for Greater Elgin, one of the largest food banks in Northern Illinois. Established in 2010, it serves Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Dundee Township.

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