We wanted to pay tribute to our friends from the Greater Chicago Food Depository who recently took a group to Washington DC to lobby Congress to make more resources available to fight hunger. One of our volunteers and Board members, Linnie (third from the right in the back, with glasses and red hair) was fortunate enough to be selected to accompany the group. If you have visited the Pantry, you have most likely encountered Linnie as she is typically stationed at our registration desk. The next time you visit the Pantry, make sure you let Linnie know how much you appreciate her efforts. Or just leave her a message below. We're proud of you Linnie!
Once again our dear friends at Ingredion (www.ingredion.com) donated a slew of reusable grocery bags for our clients for the holidays. Not only did they provide the free bags, but they filled them with special items to help our clients have a very happy holiday season.
They did all of this after they had already donated the vegetables they harvested from their employee gardens over the summer!
A big thank you to all of you!
The holiday season is such a busy time at the Pantry. This year we not only did our normal food distributions, but we also distributed holiday dinner bags for both Thanksgiving and Christmas to over 150 of our clients. We also received a surprise donation of more than 150 toys from the Share the Magic Toy Drive (sharethemagictoydrive.org) that we distributed to our clients with children.
We also received countless donations that made all of this possible. Regardless of the size, all donations, whether it was food, cash, toys, hats and mittens, or other things, were all put to good use and were greatly appreciated by our clients. Your generosity made a very happy holiday for hundreds of our neighbors who would not have had one otherwise and for this we are very grateful.
We may not have the opportunity to thank each of you individually in this space or on the donor page of our website, but we are going to try. If we inadvertantly overlook you or your group, please accept our apology and let us know about our error (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The fight against hunger knows no season! We have been very busy already in 2019 and we hope that we can continue to count on your support for the coming year.
Thank you all and we hope that you, your family and everyone who touches your life, enjoys a happy, safe and peaceful 2019.
During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact.
We humbly request that you consider including the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry in your giving plan. We plan to distribute special Christmas dinner bags to more than 150 families this year and your support is important in bringing that plan to reality,
And beginning today, and through the end of the year, you can make your gift go even further. The PayPal Giving Fund will be adding 1% to all donations. You can take advantage of this special offer by donating on our website (www.sharefoodsharelove.com) or by going to www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/121594
It just so happens that one of our biggest supporters is also one of our smallest supporters. We are talking about Annabelle Porter, a nine-year-old young lady who celebrated her last birthday by raising money for the Pantry and then bringing her whole family to the Pantry to help distribute food to our clients.
Recently this extraordinary young lady read on this page, that it costs the Pantry roughly $1,200 to create special holiday meal bags for our clients at Thanksgiving and Christmas. So what did Annabelle do? She created a Go Fund Me Page in an effort to raise that $1,200! She is well on her way, but she could use your help! Please go to their page: www.gofundme.com/share-food-share-love-holiday-bags and give a few dollars.
What she may lack in physical size, she makes up for with the size of her heart! Thank you again Annabelle!
Tonight we extend a very special Share Food Share Love thank you to the 5th and 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team from Forest Road School for coming out and helping at the Pantry last week. Their service was suggested by Food Pantry veteran Annabelle Porter, so we extend a special thanks to her as well. Thank you ladies and we wish you great success in your season and we hope that you will come and see us again!
While many of us have just begun our preparations for Halloween, the Pantry is deep into planning for Thanksgiving and even Christmas! As has been the case since the Pantry opened, we will be providing our clients with everything they need to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Clients will receive these special holiday meal bags in addition to their normal allocation of food in November and December.
We take great joy in helping our clients to have a happy and joyous holiday season. However, as you can imagine, the supplies to fill these bags do not come to us for free. This years bags are going to cost the Pantry roughly $1,200. If you find yourself filled with the holiday spirit and would like to help, please go to our website or Facebook page and make a donation. If we all work together, we can assure that everyone, young and old, rich and poor, have a very happy holiday season!
One of the first groups to commit to partnering with the Pantry was Holy Covenant Church in Brookfield, Holy Covenant has not only supported us with volunteers, but the congregation has been very generous in providing financial support as well. Thank you dear friends and here's a tip of the Food Pantry cap to you!
Thank you to our friends at DuPage Credit Union for coming and helping out at the Pantry on October 22. The Credit Union has always been a great supporter of the Pantry, but this was their first time actually coming to the Pantry and helping out. Thanks for coming out everyone! And if you would like more information on the Credit Union, visit their website at dupagecu.com or check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/dupagecu.
Our friends at Faith Lutheran Church, our partner and Pantry host, have just recently rededicate their mission and ministry to focus on the fight against hunger. For many years, Faith periodically held food drives and took special collections and they were also instrumental in the creation of the Food Pantry in 2015. However, this renewal will result in concentration of the church's focus and resources to hunger-related programs and issues. We applaud Faith for their continuing effort and look forward to continuing our partnership in the fight against hunger.