Have a Heart Food Drive

2021 Results

The results are in! Participating merchants and their customers were able to collect 2,075 pounds of food AND $922.49.  Wowza! That’s a TON of food and LOT of cash! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Top food collection sites were:

International Hairways (325 pounds)
The Olive Tap (230 pounds)
Benedict’s La Strata (196 pounds)
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust (152 pounds)
Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin (130 pounds)
KaleidoScoops Ice Cream (125 pounds)
Akasha Yoga (118 pounds)

Congratulations & Thanks!
Let’s all work together to SMASH that total in 2022!


2021 “Have a Heart” Food Drive (Feb 6 – 14)

Hunger is an issue every minute of every hour of every day.  In order to combat this issue, many of your favorite downtown merchants are hosting a “Have a Heart Food Drive” in order to stock the shelves of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

We encourage our customers to bring in non-perishable food items. Before shopping, review the list of most needed items:


2021 Participating Merchants –
Akasha Yoga, 121 N. Main St.
Benedicts La Strata, 40 N. Williams St.
Carriage House Antiques, 21 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
The Clothes Gallery, 51 N. Williams St.
Community Foundation for McHenry County, 33 E. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust, 70 N. Williams St. & 5100 Northwest Highway
Crystal Lake Brewing, 150 N. Main St.
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N. Main St.
Enlightened Balance, 30 N. Williams St. (Brink Street Market)
The Green Read, 61 N. Williams St.
International Hairways, 8 N. Williams St. (will match donations brought in by customers to double the food!)
J.C. Licht, 73 N. Williams St.
KaleidoScoops Ice Cream, 53 N. Williams St.
Kitchen Outfitters, 64B N. Williams St.
Lizzy Lou Boutique, 17 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
Moretti’s Pizza Pub, 72 N. Williams St.
Mum 117, 37 N. Williams St.
The Olive Tap, 68 N. Williams St.
The Running Depot, 30 N. Williams St.
Salon C, 79 N. Williams St.
Taste of Benedicts, 35 N. Williams St.
That’s Amore Pizza, 105 N. Main St.
ThEvent Space, 81 N. Williams St.
Thomas Tails, 31 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
Wear Did U Get That, 66 N. Williams St.
Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, 40 Brink St.

Many merchants offer special incentives to their customers who bring in items for the “Have a Heart Food Drive”. This list will be updated with special incentives (shown in red), so check back often!  Most of the merchants will be collecting monetary donations too.

View photos from past food drives: