SOUTH BEND, IN - For many, the holiday season means food, presents, and family. But there are some in our community who have a difficult time putting food on the table or families who are unable to buy gifts for their children. The South Bend Cubs want to help those
SOUTH BEND, IN - For many, the holiday season means food, presents, and family. But there are some in our community who have a difficult time putting food on the table or families who are unable to buy gifts for their children. The South Bend Cubs want to help those families with a Holiday Food and Toy Drive.
Beginning November 28 and running through December 15, the South Bend Cubs are accepting food and toy donations at the Cubs Den Team Store. For every non-perishable food item (canned or bag) or new, unopened toy donated, you will receive one ticket voucher that can be exchanged for a field box ticket to a South Bend Cubs game on April 10, April 23, or April 24.
“This is a time of year that some can take for granted,” said South Bend Cubs Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Media Chris Hagstrom-Jones. “There are nearly 500 children in the foster system just in St. Joseph County alone who may not receive a gift this season. There are also a number of families who rely on school lunches and other food programs during the year that pause during the holiday break. We want to encourage people to give back this holiday season by providing free tickets to select Cubs games.”
All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and all toys collected will be donated to CASA of St. Joseph County. Vouchers will be given at time of donation at the Cubs Den Team Store. Those vouchers can be exchanged once single game tickets become available in March. The Cubs Den Team Store is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For food donations, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana accepts non-perishable food donations. For a list of items in need and items that cannot be accepted, click here. For the toy drive, The CASA Program will accept donations of new, unwrapped toys, books, games, clothes, personal items and even luggage. Items that cannot be accepted are DVDs, video games, toys that simulate weapons or gifts with religious overtones. Click here to see their Amazon Wishlist.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the High-A affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 35 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2022, and has captured nine division titles. In 2023, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best High-A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest, having also won the award in 2022 and as a Low-A ballpark in 2017. In 2019, the South Bend Cubs hosted the final Midwest League All-Star Game. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill.
About Indiana CASA
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was initiated in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by the Honorable David Soukup. A CASA volunteer advocates for children who are involved in the juvenile court system as a result of abuse and/or neglect. Volunteers investigate, negotiate, monitor and advocate for the best interest of the child. CASAs advise the St. Joseph Probate Court by testifying at court hearings and by submitting thorough written reports. The reports include a factual history as well as recommendations for the child's case plan, including placement and treatment. The program has standing to file appropriate legal motions and request hearings on behalf of the child. CASAs participate in case conferences with the St. Joseph County Department of Child Services.
About the Food Bank of Northern Indiana
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana actively partners with local and national manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, food growers, packers and brokers to procure food. In 2021, the Food Bank distributed 10.4 million pounds of food to its network of 125 member agencies in its six-county service area. Today, 12.4% of the residents of northern Indiana are food insecure including 17.5% children. They don't know when they will eat their next meal. Hunger is a silent epidemic. When all of our residents have food security and access to nutritious foods, we will be even better physically and mentally prepared to take on life’s challenges.