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2013 Community Harvest
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2013 Media Sponsors

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What is Community Harvest?

Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber, Crystal Lake Jaycees, and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the fall season.  The food donations are then distributed to local families, for use during the winter months. 

Looking for a way to “give back” this holiday season?
- Volunteer your time!  Help sort and box the donations on Thanksgiving morning. 
- Host your own Neighborhood Food Drive.  Contact the Crystal Lake Food Pantry for cloth bags, and download a Food Drive Request flyer here.    
- Donate food or money, at one of the Community Harvest retail food drive events or bring it directly to this year's Community Harvest location on Thanksgiving morning between 8am-11am. 
- Businesses can get involved, too!  Host an employee or retail food drive, or
donate securely online.
Questions? Contact
Sue Bechtold at 815.459.1300

Community Harvest 2014 will be held on November 27th from 8am - 10am; the location wiill be announced at a later date.  

Last fall, the generous people in the Crystal Lake area donated 81,000 pounds of food and $26,637.00 in funds during the Community Harvest drive. 

Monetary donations go a long way to help the Food Pantry to be a continued resource to their clients, many of whom may only need the help for a month or so while getting back on their feet. Food and monetary donations for the Pantry are gratefully accepted all year long – not just during Community Harvest season!  Donations are tax deductible, and can be made online at clpantry.org.  If writing a check, please make it payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, and mail it to P.O. Box 1071, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-1071

For more information visit facebook.com/communityharvest.

"Thanks for Always Giving!"

Top Preferred Items for Donation:

Chili, “sides” (dinner helpers), paper goods, pasta, Ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese, canned pasta, canned beans (any kind), baking mix/supplies, salad dressing, rice, and cleaning products.

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2013 Community Harvest Committee

Chair:  Judy Pelinski, Fresh Look Interiors; Vice-Chairs:  Sarah Schrempf, Crystal Lake Jaycees and Cate Williams, Crystal Lake Food Pantry; Chamber staff liaison: Sue Bechtold

Committee: Chris Alwicker, thepickle.com, Inc.; Kasia Biela, Swatch21; Randy Leggee, Environments That Work; Jeff Moore, D.C.; Maria Ortega, Two Amigos Landscaping, Inc.; Darlene Petersen, McHenry County Living Magazine, Kathy Powers, BMO Harris Crystal Lake; James L. Richter II, City of Crystal Lake; Margie Schmidt, Home State Bank N.A.; John Scott, Crosspoint Lutheran Church; Harry Semerjian, Infinium Marketing Group

Chamber Staff Liaison:  Sue Bechtold

Diamond Member:
Home State Bank  

Emerald Member:
Centegra Health System

Platinum Plus Members: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, BMO Harris Bank, Campion, Curran, Lamb & Cunabaugh PC, Crash 1 Collision Center, Curran Contracting Company, Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning, Inc., Exemplar Financial Network, Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, LTD, Mercy Health System and Northwest Herald.





Food Drives:

Walmart- Crystal Lake
Saturday / Sunday

Joseph's Marketplace
Saturday / Sunday

Food Drop Off
Locations will be announced this fall.