Disney’s Princess Tiana Visits DuPage Children's Museum “Ice Out Hunger” Food Drive Collects 230 Pounds of Food to Date
As part of the “Ice Out Hunger” food drive to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank, hundreds of DuPage Children’s Museum members and visitors were able to meet and have a photo opportunity with Princess Tiana – one of the stars of the Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream ice show.
Disney representatives were on hand to treat a dozen lucky Museum visitors to a pre-event "cooking" class complete with tips about nutrition and healthy eating provided to kids and their parents by Northern Illinois Food Bank Director of Communications Donna Larkin Lake.
“Through January 26, the food drive at the Museum collected 230 pounds of food. Coupled with the monetary donations made to the Northern Illinois Food Bank at the meet and greet event, it’s the equivalent of about 475 meals for our hungry neighbors,” said Ms. Lake.
DCM member Melanie Kopacz, brought daughters Karena, 4 and Karly, 2 to the event. “My daughters were very excited and enthusiastic about meeting Princess Tiana at the Museum,” said Melanie. “But even more important to me was the teaching opportunity the food drive gave me to talk to the girls about helping less fortunate people in our community. My older daughter really took it to heart. She suffers from certain food allergies and very specifically selected a gluten-free food item to give to other children that might have an allergy like she does.”
The “Ice Out Hunger” food drive at DuPage Children's Museum continues through February 1. Anyone who drops off specified, non-perishable food items at DuPage Children’s Museum by February 1 will be eligible to register to win a complimentary family four-pack of tickets to a United Center performance of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is currently appearing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois and will move downtown to the United Center, Feb. 1-12.
Needed donations include peanut butter, whole grain pasta, rice, whole grain cereal, canned chicken and tuna, dried beans, canned fruits (preferably in own juice), canned vegetables, reduced-sodium soup, and pasta sauce (in plastic jars or cans) – no glass containers, please.
For more information on the food drive, visit the Museum's website at www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.