We just received this very important message from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and are passing it on to you to ask you to consider participating:
On June 13, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry passed its version of the Farm Bill – the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This bipartisan bill is a stark improvement from the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) released by the House Agriculture Committee in April.
The next stop is a vote by the full Senate. Congressional Leaders have indicated they intend to bring up the Farm Bill for a vote before the July 4th recess.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository applauds the Senate Committee for introducing a Farm Bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program.
We are, however, concerned that Agriculture Improvement Act does not include sufficient investments in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP supplies food banks across the country with high-quality, nutritious USDA food for the people we serve.
Take action today! Stand with the Food Depository to urge the Senate to support a Farm Bill that protects both SNAP and TEFAP. These programs allow charitable organizations and government to work in tandem, preventing millions of Americans from going hungry.
Send a message to your Senators now!Thank you for raising your voice in the fight against hunger and poverty.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Some of our bookshelves are looking pretty bare! Our clients can't afford to buy food so we know that books are a luxury for which there is little room in their budgets. If you have books that you can donate, you can drop them at the Pantry any Tuesday evening (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) or Saturday (10:00 am to 12:00 pm). Or, if you just can't seem to get here, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements to have a few of our volunteers come by and pick them up as soon as we have someone available.
If you are a regular reader of our posts, you know that we have a number of groups who help us, either by coming and helping during distribution, or by collecting food or raising money or sometimes all three! Well, your group can help too! We are always looking for assistance and welcome all groups. Whether it is a Cub Scout or Girl Scout troop, a church group, a bowling team, all groups are welcome! And if you don't have a group, we even have families that help out together! Helping those is need is a great way to bring your group or family together. Not only it is fun, but everyone leaves feeling good about contributing. If you have a group that is interested, send us an email at email@example.com .
Thank you to our very generous and giving friends at Lincoln Park School in Brookfield! They gave us a load of canned goods and other things for the Pantry. We are very grateful to everyone who donated and so are our clients! Seeing so many of our young people willing to give to others give us great hope for the future. Thank you again and go Leopards!
A big Share Food Share Love thank you goes out today to our friends in the Loyola University Medical Center Radiology Department Team for their very generous donation of food, books and money to the Pantry. We can't thank these folks enough for their effort and for their generosity! We are going to be able to feed a lot of hungry people because they took the time to help those in need. So on behalf of the Food Pantry and its clients, thank you so much!
We would like to extend a very special thank you to the Brookfield Letter Carriers for conducting their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive and to everyone who came to the Pantry and helped us carry, sort and shelve the amazing amount of food we received! Your help was greatly appreciated and the massive amount of food is going to be a great benefit to our clients. You're all aces in our book!
On Saturday May 12, local Letter Carriers will be participating in their annual Stamp Out Hunger food collection. They will pick up food donations from residents while on their mail routes and will then bring those donations to local food pantries. We are fortunate to be one of the pantries that the Brookfield Letter Carriers have chosen. As a result, beginning at approximately 12:00 pm on May 12, the Letter Carriers will begin dropping their collections at our Pantry. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in helping us process those donations, we would sincerely appreciate any assistance. Even if you can only come for a short time, please consider coming by. If you are physically unable to help carry or move donations, much of the food will need to have its expiration date checked so we have something for everyone to do! We will have volunteers at the Pantry from 12:00 pm to approximately 6:00 pm so you can come anytime that works for you. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you on May 12!
Today at the Pantry, we were honored to have Annabelle Porter and a whole slew of her family and friends come and help distribute food. Annabelle is an extraordinary young lady who chose to celebrate her birthday today by helping her neighbors in need. Not only did she bring a big crew to help, Annabelle raised more than $1,000 to help the Pantry buy food! We can't thank you enough Annabelle! And we would be remiss if we didn't mention Annabelle's sister Savannah and her mom Jamie and everyone else who came out to help her make this a special birthday. Thank you all!!! Now we need your help. Lets see how many "Happy Birthdays" we can get for this special young lady! Please post a greeting and then give this a share!
Thank you very much to the very generous young ladies in Brownie Troop 55197, who are second graders at Brook Park School, for the beautiful blankets they made for our clients. Everyone at the Pantry is very excited to give these out and we can't thank them enough for their thoughtfulness!
The House Agriculture Committee just released its Farm Bill proposal, which they plan to consider on April 18. The released version calls for deep cuts to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program. If it passes in its current form, it would cause serious harm to the majority of our clients.
We do not take side on political issues, but this one cuts close to home and will make like much more difficult for many of the people we help each week. Many of them are not only clients, but have become our friends as well.
If SNAP benefits are cut, pantries like us will never be able to cover the need. In fact, nationally SNAP provides 12 meals for every one provided by the charitable food system.
So regardless of your political affiliation, please consider Taking action and email your Representatives NOW! Tell our legislators we need them to VOTE NO on a Farm Bill that creates more barriers between federal food assistance and our most vulnerable neighbors.
Thank you for raising your voice in the fight against hunger and poverty.