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Make a difference in families’ lives with donations to District 54 Community Closets, Food Pantries

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District 54 knows that in order for students to succeed in school, their basic needs must be met. The district works to meet these needs via our in-house Community Closets and Food Pantries. Community members can help make a difference in the lives of local families by donating to these outreach efforts.

Community Closets

The District 54 Community Closets, located at multiple District 54 schools, collect gently used shoes and clothing from members of our community to give to financially struggling families in our schools. Coats, hats, mittens and other cold-weather clothing, particularly in children’s sizes, are greatly needed at this time of year. Packages of new socks and underwear are also needed.

Families who need clothing can contact their school social worker.

Donations can be dropped off at any District 54 school or office. Please label the boxes “District 54 Community Closets.” For more information, visit or contact Meagan Kasper at or (847) 357-5027.

Food Pantries

District 54’s Food Pantries, located at multiple District 54 schools, are open to families on an as-needed basis and during two open houses. Families struggling financially are invited by their school social workers to visit. All nonperishable donations for the District 54 Food Pantry can be sent to the Rafferty Administration Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, 60194. Please label the boxes “District 54 Food Pantries.”

Visit for a list of the “Most Wanted Nonperishable Goods.” Other products to donate include feminine products, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, facial tissue, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, other cleaning supplies, diapers (all sizes), baby food and baby wipes. Please make sure to check the expiration date before donating.

If your organization or business would like to host a food drive, please contact Julie Goolish at or (847) 357-5113.