In 2016, South of Jefferson issued the challenge - and seven block clubs took South of Jefferson up on that challenge for 2016/2017: Auburn-Lincoln Park, Central Tremont, Duck Island, Holmden-Buhrer-Rowley/Mentor-Castle-Clark, Irishtown Bend and North of Literary. The year featured the most participating block clubs eight (8) - up from four (4) in 2014 - and were joined by a Tremont West staff team. The "reigning champ" for the 2016/2017 challenge is Central Tremont – therefore, they are issuing the challenge for the upcoming 2017/2018 season.
  Last season's holiday food drive featured the most canned goods, paper products and check donations collected  - the equivalent of 14,965 items (or $4,840 in cash/checks and 5,285 food items)! For the purposes of last year's competition, which brought in more check donations than ever before, each dollar donated by check was considered equivalent to two items (for example a $50 check donation was considered to be 100 items of canned goods).
Last year, donations were taken to the food pantries at St. Augustine, Pilgrim, St. Michael, Westside Catholic Center in December - and late December donations were delivered in January, 2017 to help re-stock for the new year.

  Here's How to Donate and the Guidelines for this Season's Holiday Food Drive:

Items Needed: Canned goods, nonperishable boxed food items, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins)
Counting: Food and paper products are counted individually - unless they are cellophane wrapped and sold as a set (example a four-pack of paper towels) is counted as one item not four. Canned goods and individually wrapped paper products count as one item each.
Cash/Checks: You may also donate by cash/check if you prefer. Based on feed-back from last couple of years, food pantries can purchase goods at better than a one for a dollar exchange rate - therefore for 2017/2018 drive - each dollar will count for two food items. Checks must be made out to the food pantry of your choice - however, to count in the competition, for verification purposes, checks must first be delivered to the block club coordinators, or to the Tremont West offices (2406 Professor) - who will deliver them to the respective food pantries.
Drop-off points: Block club members can deliver food/paper products to their block club coordinators (see listing below)- or dropped off at the Tremont West offices - 2406 Professor - Monday - Friday during regular business hours. ***Items dropped off at Tremont West must include the name of the block club for them to count towards the block club’s totals***
Deadlines: For delivery before the holidays, items must be turned in by Friday, December 15th. A second delivery will be made in early January, 2018 for items donated after the 15th. (NOTE: The Tremont West offices are closed December 23rd  - January 1st and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd). Deliveries during that time can only be made to your block club coordinators and not to the Tremont West office.
Most important of all is the goal: lending a helping hand to neighbors - families and children - in need in Tremont / Duck Island / Irishtown Bend - and providing help to support the outstanding work of local food pantries-ministries - St. Augustine Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC, St. John Cantius, St. Michael, St. Malachi and Westside Catholic Center - who get nutritious food to children and families all year long!
  Many thanks to all of you for your incredible kindness and generosity to the food pantries and to our Tremont / Duck Island / Irishtoown Bend neighbors in need! We look forward to your continued support and generosity in 2017/2018!
  For more information, contact your block club food drive coordinators or Scott Rosenstein, & Dharma Valentin.

Auburn-Lincoln Park - Patti Choby - and Denise Kadilak -
Central Tremont - Lynne Nowel - and Julie Goulis -
Duck Island - Cheryl May - and Karen Weaver - and Carol Snowden -
HBR/MCC - Angelica Pozo -
Irishtown Bend - TBA
Metro North - MaryAnn Balog - - deliveries can also be made to St. Michael's Church food pantry (3114 Scranton Road) - attention to MaryAnn Balog
North of Literary - Leslie Selig -
South of Jefferson - Rachel Slosberg Coolidge - and Kate Carden - and Tom Tosuksri -
  Many thanks to all of you for your incredible kindness and generosity to the food pantries and to our Tremont / Duck Island / Irishtown Bend neighbors in need! We look forward to your continued support and generosity in 2017/2018!