PLAN - People Lending Assistance Network

Other PLAN Events 

WING Feed the Need Food Drive

PLAN would like to say a great big THANK YOU to the Women in Business Networking Group.

Recently the Women in Business Networking Group (WING) Held a Womens Night Out event to Feed the Need. They raised money to purchase a mobile food pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to give out meals to PLAN families. A Mobile Pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food directly to hungry people in need. The 35-foot truck carries nonperishable food, like rice, canned protein sources, pasta, and breakfast cereals. It also has refrigerated bays for fresh and frozen food, like vegetables, fruits, bread, red meat, poultry, pork and seafood.

Through the efforts of WING's Womens Night Out enough money was raised to purchase three visits from the mobile food pantry. 

GREAT JOB LADIES! You are helping to make a difference one person at a time!

Youth Food Drive!

PLAN would like to say a great big THANK YOU to the youth from several churches in Lake County.

Over 2000 pounds of food was donated to PLAN through a food drive accomplished by the youth over one weekend!

You are helping make a difference one person at a time!

Youth food drive


Grayslake High School Events

Grayslake Central High School

PLAN would like to thank Grayslake Central High School for the donation of over 200 backpacks and school supplies. 

Many children are being helped with getting the supplies they need for the school year! 


school backpacks and school supply donations

Donation of school backpacks & school supplies to students.

Grayslake North High School

PLAN would like to thank the students from the GNHS Public Service class who took a field trip to participate in the gleaning of food that went to over 40 different pantries.  

Hunger Statistics

Hunger Statistics in Lake County

  • 1 in every 6 Americans face hunger.  In Lake County over 50,000 people in Lake County live below the poverty line.  1 out of every 5 children in Lake County Illinois are food insecure. 
  • 1 out of 10 Illinois residents do not have regular access to enough safe, nutritious food for an active and healthy life.
  • 33% of the members of households served by PLAN are children under 18 years old.
  • 38% of households served by PLAN include at least 1 employed adult.
  • 7% served by PLAN Food Pantry are homeless.
  • Each $1 donated to PLAN purchases 9lbs of food through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

What does One dollar purchase in food for the pantry?

  • One dollar will purchase about 9lbs. of food for the pantry!
  • Through our affiliates, PLAN is able to purchase food for the needy at very low prices!

Facts about PLAN

  • 30 tons: Canned goods required monthly
  • 16 tons: Current shortfall monthly
  • 10,000: Area households served last year alone
  • 1: Person in most households served is employed but struggles to meet family needs
  • $4: The amount of canned goods we can purchase from the Northern Illinois Food Bank for each $1 contributed to PLAN
  • $20,000: Our monthly operating needs


food for donations

This pallet of food was purchased for $250!

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