CRSM Hosts Huge Drive-Thru Food Pantry

On October 17th, Cristo Rey St. Martin hosted Alianza Contigo, a touchless experience allowing families to drive-thru and receive food and products in a safe environment. The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined Alianza’s 2020 soccer season, and resulted in a partnership with CRSM, The Northern Illinois Food Bank, Allstate and many other corporations at which food and household items were distributed to those who need it most.

Over 1,100 cars lined up for the event where 120 CRSM students, faculty, alumni and staff volunteers pitched in to distribute 30,000 items of  fruit, protein, dairy products and household items to nearly 2000 households.

Jim Dippold, Director of Campus Ministry was asked about the logistics and success of the operation, “CRSM is grateful for the partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the initiation of the event from Alianza Contigo.  And we’re incredibly grateful for all the students, families and friends of CRSM who turned out to do the heavy lifting.  It was a really good day to help the greater-Waukegan area, a privilege to be able to help make this possible, but also a heart-breaking reminder of the painful situation that so many people in our community are struggling through.  We feel the call, even more so now during the pandemic, to do whatever we can to be people for others, to put our compassion and generosity into action.  It’s what we try to do at CRSM.”