As Hauser Junior High School is in the midst of our 48th Annual Canned Food Drive, I invite you all to help Hauser fight hunger. For 47 years, Hauser has been the largest contributor to the Salvation Army’s food pantry in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

In recent years, we decided to bring some of the giving closer to home and now our students bring over 150 pounds of food each month to the Riverside Township food pantry. What an extraordinary lesson this is for our students – an opportunity to see firsthand that hunger is an issue in our community.

As is our tradition, we will be collecting cans, non-perishable food, and monetary donations through April 27. Donations will be accepted by any Hauser student or dropped off in one of the many collection bins in the area. 

This year the Hauser PTO partnered with Outreach Inc., an international 501(c) 3 nonprofit, to co-host a “Feed Our Community Day.” This event took place on April 14 at Hauser Jr. High School, and with the help of this great community, we packed 40,000 nutritious “Meals of Hope” for hungry children and families.

These meals will be delivered in late April to the Riverside Township Food Pantry and the Salvation Army Red Shield Center Food Pantry in Englewood. 

Special thanks to our sponsors: Jimmy John’s, Orland Family Dental, Rory & Co. Real Estate Experts, Blythe Park PTA, Paisan’s Pizzeria, Healthy Communities Foundation, Ascension Lutheran Church, Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity, Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Riverside Police Union, PB & PA, Christ Presbyterian Church and Hauser PTO.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the next few weeks, and we need your help to reach our goal of 35,000 cans. To make a monetary donation visit Every dollar collected or can donated will make a difference to those in need.

Special thanks go to April Mahy, Hauser’s principal, and Christine Mullin, assistant principal, for their continued support of the food drive and to our food drive leaders, Lisa Gaynor and Lisa Swicionis, and their committee for their months of planning and dedication to one of Hauser’s finest traditions.

Julie Laube, president 

Hauser Jr. High PTO