Village of Dolton Food Drive

A Community Working Together

For our neighbors who are already facing food insecurity, being quarantined creates further difficulty accessing enough food. With school closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave, and the health threat’s disproportionate impact on the elderly and limited-income families, we know that food disparity has been growing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To meet the evolving and increasing need Mayor Roger’s has launched a food drive. Residents can donate canned and non-perishable new or unexpired food items to be distributed to the most vulnerable in our community.

Drop Off Food Donations Starting Monday, May 18 at the following locations:

Village Hall 14122 Chicago Rd Dolton IL 60419

  • Monday – Friday
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Village of Dolton Police Department 14030 Park Ave, Dolton, IL 60419

  • Sunday – Saturday
  • 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Every Donation Counts

Whether you are clearing canned goods out of your kitchen or purchasing a few extra items at the grocery store, your food donations are welcome.

Non-perishables are needed and easy to donate. We can make the most of your non-perishable food donation when you consider three things: nutrition, usefulness, and quality vs. quantity.

Nutrition

We aim to provide your neighbors with the healthiest food possible. Here is an expanded list of healthy non-perishable foods you can donate. 

  • Steel-cut or rolled oats
  • Whole grains such as wild or brown rice
  • Rice of any variety
  • Canned meats, such as chicken and turkey
  • Canned fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines
  • Whole-grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
  • Canned vegetables, low salt or no added salt
  • Canned fruit packed in water versus syrup
  • Canned or boxed low-sodium soups and stews
  • Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
  • Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin, and applesauce
  • Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
  • Nut butter, including peanut, almond, walnut

Other great things to donate:

  • Dried fruits, such as prunes, mangoes, apricots, and raisins
  • Dried herbs and spices and no-salt spice blends
  • Granola
  • Shelf-stable milk alternatives such as soy, almond, rice
  • Seeds, such as sesame, sunflower or pumpkin
  • Healthy oils, such as olive and grape seed
  • Green, white and herbal tea
  • Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and pecans
  • Natural sweeteners, such as honey
  • 100 percent fruit juice
  • Dried pasta
  • Crackers
  • Applesauce
  • Boxed cereal and oatmeal
  • Canned fruits

Usefulness

We encourage you to give what you can to help us provide food residents can use. There are items we cannot distribute such as alcohol of any kind, and home -made-canned goods.

 Remember, if that canned item has been sitting in the back of your pantry for an unknown amount of time, dented, or damaged in any way, it’s probably best to leave that donation at home or throw it out. 

Quality vs. Quantity

We encourage you to give the best food possible. Every donation makes a difference. It is important that we all come together to help our neighbors. 

One Comment

  • Pat Hansen says:

    The list of food items is good. Low sodium, nutritious stuff. It’s the kind of diet that keeps people healthy. Plus, of course, fresh fruits and vegetables.

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