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April Food Day Raises Over 25,000 Pounds of Food

Lansing, Ill. – The Chicago Southland hospitality industry partnered with the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to help lead the way this year in the South-Southwest Suburban United Way’s annual April Food Day by raising over 25,000 pounds of food.

Twenty-two drop-off points were established throughout 12 communities in the Chicago Southland region and collected food through Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. The collected food was delivered to the Tinley Park Convention Center and sorted for six local food pantries that included: Respond Now - Chicago Heights, Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Richton Park Food Pantry, Catholic Charities - South Holland, Restoration Ministries – South Holland and Together We Cope – Tinley Park.

Local food pantries estimated the need for food and toiletries has more than doubled in the past five years. While many individuals think of food pantries during the winter months, need is typically higher in spring and summer as donations decrease and supplies diminish.

“To see the Chicago Southland come together as a community and help those who are in need is truly amazing,” said Jim Garrett, President / CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “I am glad that we are able to make a difference in someone’s life.”

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for leisure, meetings and conventions, group tour and sports events. For more information, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com

--30-- Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Juston Teach - Communications Manager 2304 173rd Street Lansing, IL 60438 Phone: 708-895-8200 Fax: 708-895-8288 Toll-free: 888-895-8233 Juston@VisitChicagoSouthland.com VisitChicagoSouthland.com

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