L.J. Hauser Junior High, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside, kicked off its 52nd Annual Food Drive on March 1 to benefit the Salvation Army Red Shield Center, the Riverside Township Food Pantry and Share Food Share Love Food Pantry in Brookfield.

The annual charitable effort through the decades, now organized and run by the Hauser PTO, has resulted in the donations of hundreds of thousands of non-perishable food items, both store-bought and packaged personally by volunteers.

This year, the school hopes to collect 15,000 cans/boxes of non-perishable food items. Community members can drop off any donations (or checks made out to the Hauser PTO) at the school office on any school day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The school will also host a community food drop-off day on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in front of the school.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation online, you can do so by clicking the Hauser Food Drive-Donate button on the home page of the Hauser PTO website at

Due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, there won’t be a community food packing day this year, but students and school families still hope to pack 50,000 macaroni and cheese meals in addition to collecting items from residents.

The food drive runs through April 8.