Evanston Hockey’s Parker Dietz Raises Over $3,600 for Local Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens

By Alby Gallun – With more Evanstonians struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus shutdown—and some extra time on his hands—Evanston High School Hockey player Parker Dietz decided to do something about it.

He launched a food drive. In partnership with Evanston High School Hockey and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the campaign has raised more than $3,600 for Evanston food pantries and soup kitchens. Concerned about rising joblessness making it hard for people to put food on the table, Parker cooked up the idea with his mom, Kim Dietz.

“We always wanted to give back to the community, and we figured now was as good a time as any,” said Parker, who played on one of Evanston Hockey’s two junior varsity teams during the 2019-2020 season.

The food drive started April 20 with a $2,500 fundraising target. But after blowing past that goal in less than a week, the Dietzes decided to raise the goal to $3,500.

“I’m really happy with the results,” Parker said.

Some donors have dropped off non-perishable food at their house in Evanston, but most have just contributed online, through the food depository. People who want to help the drive reach its goal, which ends May 4, can donate by clicking here.

Like most teenagers, Parker, a sophomore at Evanston Township High School, is attending class virtually this spring. He admits to spending more time than usual playing video games. To stay in hockey shape, Parker is participating in regular Zoom off-ice workouts with other Evanston high school players. But it’s no substitute for the real thing.

“I would love to be playing hockey right now,” he said. “I’m really missing it.”

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