Around Town with Judy Martini: Crystal Lake Food Pantry Open House
on Thursday, March 09, 2017
The new centrally located facility makes it easier to serve the Pantry’s clients. Since 1 in 7 people currently need help to feed their families, the Pantry helps 547 families per month in the area, up 10% from last year. Surprisingly, over 36% the Pantry’s customers are under the age of 8 years old, while 9% of their customers are over the age of 60. In keeping with their motto, “no one should go hungry,” the Pantry is planning more outreach in the future to expand services for seniors, and their many volunteers from Scouts to Churches will help make sure that the goal is met.
The Pantry distributes more than 750,000 pounds of food annually, much of it donated by major food chains or bought for redistribution to those in need. Recipients are allowed to come twice a month to obtain food and must be residents of School Districts 47 and 155. There are no income restrictions and if you do not live in the local school district you are able to shop at the facility once, with no questions asked.
The Pantry is a charity organization supported by over 20 local churches and staffed by more than 400 dedicated volunteers. For more information on food services or to volunteer call (815) 455-0961. If you know someone who is struggling to make ends meet, please share the info about the Crystal Lake Food Pantry with them. There’s a great group of people there willing to help you. Hours at the Food Pantry are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2p.m., and Thursday night from 5-8 p.m.
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