The Christian Education Committee is sponsoring a Fill the Pantry event to collect canned and packaged foods to benefit our neighbors at Hillside Pantry. Our collection will end on November 19th. Please bring shelf-stable canned or packaged food from the list below, that expires no earlier than six months. Bags/boxes can be dropped off in Logan Hall. Children are encouraged to bring their food items to “A Time with the Children” on November 19th to display in the sanctuary!
Hillside Pantry is located just around the corner in Northwest Evanston. They’ve grown from a handful of volunteers serving a few dozen patrons to a team of over 90 volunteers serving over 1,200 people twice monthly. For more information about Hillside Pantry, visit this link.
BOXED ITEMS: 1 lb packages/boxes of spaghetti or other dried pasta, pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal, instant oatmeal (packets in box)
CANNED ITEMS: Vegetables, soup, fruit, tomatoes (chopped, puree, crushed, sauce)
PLASTIC CONTAINER ITEMS (PLEASE – NO GLASS JARS): Pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly/jam, syrup, parmesan cheese
BIRTHDAY KIT (Place these items in a plastic bag): 1 box of cake mix, 1 can of frosting, 1 package of birthday candles
PLEASE DO NOT donate soda, juice, other beverages, candy, potato chips, packaged sweets, crackers, flour, sugar or other baking items.
Facts about hunger in our area:
- One in six people in Cook County receives food from a soup kitchen, food pantry, or meal plan.
- Annually 46 million people in the United States (1 in 7) receive emergency food assistance through Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks.
- 12 million children and 7 million older adults receive food assistance annually in the U.S.
- 18% of households receiving food assistance from the Food Depository network include at least one member who has served or who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The Food Depository network serves nearly 165,000 children through grocery and meal programs, and this doesn’t even include the meals served through the Depository’s children’s programs, which have totaled over 2 million meals in each of the last 3 fiscal years.
- The Food Depository network of agencies serves over 125,000 adults aged 60 and over, representing more than 18% of total clients served in grocery and meal programs. Hillside Food Pantry is part of the network noted in the above statistics. We feed between 2,200 and 2,400 families every month. That comes to 6,000 to 8,000 people.