August 20, 2016

Westchester Food Pantry Continues to Grow

The Westchester Food Pantry continues to grow in terms of service area, donors, and social media.  Please direct all questions to Co-Director Amanda Grant at 630-776-2066. Thank you!

Village of Berkeley:  The Westchester Food Pantry is excited to announce that effective August 1, their service area will now serve the Village of Berkeley (60163).  To introduce the organization to the community, the Westchester Food Pantry will participate in the Berkeley Family Fun Fest on Sunday, August 21. Berkeley residents are encouraged to stop by the booth to learn more about how to receive food if they are in need, how to donate and how to volunteer.  Food Pantry volunteers will have a “tattoo parlor” with temporary tattoos for children. 

 Mariano’s Stuff the Squad:  The Westchester Food Pantry is extremely grateful to the Mariano’s-Roundy’s corporation. For the second year, WFP was chosen as the local recipient of their “Stuff the Squad” promotion.  Mariano’s-Westchester customers were able to purchase pre-filled bags of food that were then donated to the Westchester Food Pantry. Additionally, the Mariano’s—Westmont store also donated food to the Westchester Food Pantry.  In all, over $10,000 worth of food was donated to the Westchester Food Pantry.  We truly appreciate the corporation for hosting such a successful food drive, and to all the local store employees for their hard work on behalf of our Pantry, and to all the customers who donated food for our clients. Thank you!

4th Saturday distribution:  To meet the needs of our growing clientele, the Westchester Food Pantry has opened their doors for one Saturday each month in addition to their daily operations.  On this special Saturday, clients not only receive their regular portion of food, but they can also “shop” from a variety of reclaimed bakery items and homegrown produce.  The remaining Saturday distributions for 2016 are August 27, September 24 and October 22. On those days, the Pantry is open from 9am-12pm; clients are encouraged to arrive early for best selection.  Please visit www.westchesterfoodpantry.org for more information

On facebook:   The Westchester Food Pantry is on facebook-find us by searching for “Westchester IL Food Pantry” (www.facebook.com/westchesterilfoodpantry). Please ‘like’ us to receive news, information, volunteer opportunities, donation needs, and more.  We are excited to use social media as a way to be more connected with clients, donors and volunteers.