Volunteers are needed each week to help pack packages, and donations of food or funds are also welcome. Backpacks are packed every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm and Tuesday mornings at 10:00am at the Gum Drops Packing Station, which is located 1005 Briarwood in Carterville, across from Cannon Park’s walking path. All are welcome; just contact Gum Drops for scheduling.


Monetary Donations are always needed for purchasing food at a discounted rate and a good idea if you want to do something other than providing the items on our needs list. These donations are great during the summer vacations when school is out and distribution is paused. This allows Gum Drops to get ready for the upcoming school year in any ways they need to that may have a cost or to purchase the food that are at a low.


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Food Donations are always in need. They can be dropped off at 1005 Briarwood, Carterville Illinois. If you can not make the drop please call the office at 618.985.9567, Ron at 618.319.3829, Amy at 618.319.3828 or email us and they can arrange a pickup.

Sponsor a Child

Sponsoring a child provides meals for an entire school year for a child in one installment. Contact Gum Drops for details at 618.319.3828.