• Food Drive - Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday, October 24

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive

    Saturday, October 24 • 10 am - 3 pm


    Organizers of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive 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.

    Donations will be accepted at the northeast corner of the library parking lot near Ann St. 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 below. 

    Cash donations will be helpful as well.


    In its tenth 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.


    Suggested Items

    • Chili
    • Canned Tuna -
    • Mackerel - Salmon
    • Vienna sausage
    • Spam
    • Canned beef stew
    • Peanut Butter
    • Bag of Northern Beans
    • Bag of Pinto Beans
    • Cans of Kidney Beans
    • Cans of Pork and Beans
    • Cans of Baked Beans
    • Canned Corn
    • Canned Peas
    • Canned Carrots
    • Canned Tomatoes
    • Canned Mixed -Vegetables
    • Tomato Sauce
    • Instant Potatoes
    • Spaghetti Sauce
    • Canned Fruit Cocktail
    • Canned Peaches
    • Canned Pears
    • Apple Sauce
    • Grape Jelly
    • Apple Juice
    • Grape Juice
    • Powdered Drinks (i.e., Kool-Aid)
    • Powdered Milk
    • Oatmeal
    • Grits
    • Cereal (Breakfast)
    • Rice
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Saltine Crackers
    • Cornmeal Mix
    • Pancake Mix
    • Bisquick Mix
    • Muffin Mix
    • Chicken Noodle Soup
    • Vegetable Soup
    • Tomato Soup
    • Ramen Noodle Soup
    • Macaroni and Cheese
    • Noodles
    • Spaghetti
    • Canned - Spaghetti and Meatballs
    • Canned Ravioli
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Jell-O-Regular
    • Jell-O-Sugar Free
    • Salt
    • Cooking Oil
    • Pancake Syrup
    • Baby Food


    • Laundry Soap
    • Hand Soap
    • Dishwashing Soap
    • Toothpaste
    • Tooth brushes
    • Paper Towels
    • Bathroom Tissue
    • Facial Tissue
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Diapers
    • Baby Powder