Thursday, November 22, 2012
Dozens of Valley View students and staff were at the DuPage Township Food Pantry Tuesday distributing meals to more than 1,300 families in need.
Several dozen Valley View School District 365U students and staff were among the scores of volunteers helping the DuPage Township Food Pantry hand out free Thanksgiving meals to more than 1,300 families in need Tuesday. “We want to help as many people as we can,” said DuPage Township Supervisor Bill Mayer. “With the way the economy is right now, we have more and more people in DuPage Township coming to us.” Everyone received enough food to serve 8 to 10 people on Thanksgiving Day with volunteers separating, packing and distributing everything. “It makes me feel good because I get to help people at Thanksgiving,” said Brooks Middle School sixth-grader Elisha Armstrong, who was there with his 7th grade sister, Autumna, collecting …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Annual volunteer effort benefits local food pantries.
To an outsider, it might seem like chaos, but to experienced volunteers, it's a well-oiled machine. As the cars pull up, volunteers rush to unload bags and boxes of food, from canned goods to frozen turkeys and everything in between. After loading it all onto pallets and shopping carts, the workers frantically dump it onto what can best be described as a conveyor belt, where another set of volunteers quickly sorts the items. From there, donations are loaded onto carts to be transported to the right place, whether it’s the soup room or the vegetable room or a set of freezers waiting to store Thanksgiving hams and turkeys. “It’s really precise,” volunteer Denise Armbruster said of the annual Harvest Saturday effort. “There’s a room for …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Supervisor expects 1,000 families to take part in this year's Thanksgiving distribution.
It’s a time to give thanks — and, as area residents prepare to gather around the table for a holiday meal, organizers at a local food pantry hope they’ll also consider giving back. Shirley Grzenia, supervisor at the DuPage Township Food Pantry, said pantry staffers are expecting a high turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving distribution, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. “We’re always looking for volunteers for that day,” she said, estimating around 1,000 families will sign up to receive a boxed Thanksgiving meal including turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables and pie. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup and passing out meals at the Nov. 22 distribution at the pantry, 719 Parkwood Drive in Romeoville. “It …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Shepherd's Food Pantry celebrates its new home at the United Presbyterian Church.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Shepherd's Pantry, a food pantry serving the Romeoville area, celebrated its "grand reopening" in its new home at United Presbyterian Church after making the move from Good Shepherd Church. Jean Lees, original founder of the pantry in 1992, was on hand to cut the ribbon. Kim Hanahan and Teresa Linaweaver, co-coordinators of the event, were there to welcome guests. The pantry receives regular food donations from Target stores in Romeoville and Plainfield. Other donations come from the annual Harvest Saturday and the Dominick's food drives. The pantry also purchases food items from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. A joint effort of United Presbyterian and Good Shepherd Church, the food pantry distributes essentials to area residents from 9:…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Now, two churches — Good Shepherd and United Presbyterian — are working together to feed the hungry.
Shepherd’s Pantry will celebrate its grand reopening with an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at United Presbyterian Church, 2 Belmont Drive in Romeoville. An invocation and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 7 pm. The community is invited to tour the facility, meet the volunteers, learn how the pantry works and how they can help. Shepherd’s Pantry moved to this new location in June after almost 19 years at Good Shepherd Church. “We’re so excited to be in this new space, and we really want the community to see it for themselves,” says Teresa Linaweaver, one of the pantry’s coordinators. “Right now we’re feeding about 100 Romeoville families every month, and this space helps us do that.” On average, the pantry spends…