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Westchester Food Pantry stocks up for holiday’s

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WESTCHESTER | In Cook County, one in five people is food insecure, meaning that they do not know when they will have their next meal, or if they will have enough nutritious food to nourish them at their next meal. While we might not want to acknowledge it, hunger is a problem in Westchester and our surrounding communities. Seniors, the working poor, residents who face an accident or serious illness…anyone can be affected by hunger for a variety of reasons, and might be in need of assistance from time to time.

The Westchester Food Pantry proudly serves the residents of Westchester, Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Hillside, La Grange Park and Western Springs. Clients can visit the Pantry once each calendar month to receive a variety of fresh and shelf-stable food items, as well as dog and cat food from our “Wet Nose Pantry.” While the Pantry has been in operation for over 20 years, we became a member agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository in February 2017. This membership has given us access to a variety of free and low-cost food items for our clients, such as produce, canned goods and more. The Westchester Food Pantry has seen a steady increase in clientele over the past two years; in September, the Westchester Food Pantry served 162 clients.

The Westchester Food Pantry is gearing up for the holiday season and we need your help! To help make the holidays merry for struggling families, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has offered the Pantry a variety of turkey, ham and chicken dinners at a greatly reduced rate. The Westchester Food Pantry is seeking donations to help cover the cost of these meals. For the cost of $17.38, the Pantry can purchase a frozen turkey, stuffing mix, yams, corn, green beans, yams, fresh potatoes, fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges, and cranberry sauce to feed a family of six.  The amount of $10.35 would pay for a ham dinner with the same trimmings, while $6.66 would cover the cost of a chicken meal. The Westchester Food Pantry expects to distribute 175 holiday meals to local families in need.

The Westchester Food Pantry is run entirely by volunteers with donations of food and money. With your help, the Westchester Food Pantry can meet their goal of serving 175 holiday meals. A tax-deductible donation of $86.90 would pay for five complete turkey dinners; $103.50 would purchase ten complete ham dinners; and $99.90 would cover the cost of 15 chicken dinners with all the trimmings. Donations can be sent to the Westchester Food Pantry (10300 Roosevelt Road, Westchester, IL 60154) or on our website at www.WestchesterFoodPantry.org.

Help the Westchester Food Pantry make the holidays a bit brighter for local families in need.

For information contact: Amanda Grant, Co-Director, 630-776-2066

 

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