Neighborhood supermarket Sunset Foods is partnering with the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America to implement the annual Scouting for Food program. The program collects canned goods and other nonperishable items for local food pantries. Over the past 14 years, Sunset and the Boy Scouts have worked together to collect over 200,000 pounds of food. Both parties expect this year will be the most successful yet.
The program begins on Saturday, April 1st and will run through Saturday, April 8th. All Sunset locations will serve as collection points for food donations during this time. Collection bins are available in-store for shoppers to drop off canned goods and other nonperishable items. Sunset customers will also have the option to purchase pre-assembled “Fight Hunger” care packages.
Scouting for Food is the Northeast Illinois Council’s largest annual service project. The program teaches Scouts the importance of volunteerism and reducing food insecurity. The Northeast Illinois Council will distribute door hangers that encourage local families to support the program. Door hangers will be distributed to approximately 100,000 homes in the area. Scouts will also promote the program in stores. Scouts will be available to answer questions at Sunset Foods Highland Park and Northbrook from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 1st, and at Sunset Foods Lake Forest, Long Grove, and Libertyville from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 8th.
Even in the affluent suburbs of northeast Illinois, food insecurity impacts over 56,000 people in Lake County. As a local, family-owned business, Sunset Foods has led the effort to address this issue by supporting the single largest annual food drive in northeast Illinois.
“Sunset is committed to helping struggling families in the communities we serve,” says Thaddeus Tazioli, Vice President of Marketing at Sunset Foods. “Locally-owned businesses build strong communities, and no business is more committed to the community than Sunset!”
Sunset Foods Highland Park is located at 1812 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL, 60035