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Food Pantry Benefit Being Held by McMichael's

Twenty percent from every order placed between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. Oct. 26 will go to the Shepherd's Food Pantry.

A Shepherd’s Food Pantry FUNdraiser will be held Oct. 26 at Mongo McMichael’s restaurant and bar in Romeoville.

The restaurant, located at 1101 N. Independence Blvd., will donate 20 percent of every eat-in and carry-out order between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. on that day. Diners will also have a chance to meet owner Steve McMichael, a former member of the Chicago Bears who played on the 1985 Super Bowl team.

To participate, present a FUNdraiser flier to the server when placing an order. Fliers are available at Mongo McMichael’s.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry is a ministry of Good Shepherd Church and United Presbyterian Church of Romeoville. Located at United Presbyterian Church, 2 Belmont Drive in Romeoville, the pantry is open 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

The pantry provides free food to Romeoville residents, and is a partner agency site of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. It is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that receives 100 percent of its funds and food through donations. The cost to supplement a family for the month is about $9 from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Demand for the pantry’s services has risen sharply in recent months, according to pantry co-coordinator Teresa Linaweaver.  

“We currently provide food to 100 families every month,” she said. “As the economy continues to struggle, the pantry has seen both an increase in people looking for food and a decrease in our funding. That’s why we hope to see a huge turnout at Mongo McMichael’s.”

In addition to fundraisers and monetary donations, Shepherd’s Food Pantry accepts food donations from the public. Items can be dropped off at the pantry from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on first Tuesday of the month and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on the second and forth Saturdays.  

For more information about this event or to learn more about the pantry, call 815-886-4354.

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