Carterville Chamber of Commerce

Carterville, Illinois, is located on Route 13 between Marion and Carbondale. Its close proximity to these growing communities allows for a small town atmosphere with larger city conveniences. Carterville is a wonderful place to live and work!

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Carterville Chamber Business Spotlight of the Week for Monday, November 12, 2018 - GUM DROPS

The Carterville Chamber Business Spotlight of the Week for Monday, 11/12/18 is Gum Drops!

Gum Drops, NFP began in January 2008 feeding 12 at-risk children every week of the school year.  We are currently feeding approximately 1700 at-risk children every week throughout Southern Illinois.  We serve 7 counties; 15 school districts, and 43 schools.  

Gum Drops, NFP provides a weekend backpack of child-friendly food to help enhance the quality of life for at-risk children throughout Southern Illinois.  This program helps remove barriers to academic success for these at-risk children.  It is very likely that these at-risk children will endure lifelong consequences as a result of having limited or no food. 


It can affect any child, even those you would least expect.  These children suffer significantly in health issues, behavioral difficulties, as well as academic performance.  Gum Drops, NFP plays a crucial role in the lives of these at-risk children by breaking down these barriers caused by hunger.