For the eighth straight year, the North Avenue Business Association will be assisting local families in need, with its Annual Fall Food Drive. This year’s drive, entitled, “A Month of Giving” runs from November 12th through December 11th. Association is inviting businesses along North Avenue, its partners and the community at large, to participate by donating non-perishable food and packaged items.

Suggested items most needed include: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers, baby food, rice, cereal, peanut butter, dried beans, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups, boxed snacks, mac and cheese, tomato sauce and dried pasta.

Toiletry items cannot be purchased with food stamps. “With the recent cuts in the federal food stamp program, it will be harder for families in need, to get ordinary staples” said Lee Owens, NABA President. “The need is great this holiday season and this is an opportunity for the business association to give back to the community.”

Donations can be dropped off, at these local North Avenue businesses, during regular business hours, now through December 11:

  • Al-Mart Furniture & Bedding, 7045 W. North Avenue, Oak Park
  • Charter One Bank, 6700 W. North Avenue, Chicago
  • FirstMerit Bank 1606 N. Harlem, Elmwood Park
  • US Bank, 6011 W. North Avenue, Oak Park and
  • Walgreens, located at 1606 N. Mobile, Chicago.

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Collected donated items will benefit two local food pantries, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, located at 848 Lake Street, Oak Park 60301 and St. Cyprian’s Food Pantry, located at 6535 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago 60634. In lieu of food donations, a monetary check directly to a pantry is welcome and tax deductible.

The North Avenue Business Association was established in 2000. NABA seeks to enhance the overall commercial district’s image and promote the long-term viability of the business district, located between but not limited to Harlem Avenue and Austin Boulevard.

For more information, contact the North Avenue Business Association’s President Lee Owens at 773-610-3800 or Wendy Tannenbaum, 2013 NABA Food Drive Chair, at

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