For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat... Matthew 25:35
Local Food Pantries and Organizations – UCC, interfaith, and ecumenical
We support these smaller pantries and organizations at events like the Chili Cook-off, Sundaes on Sunday, Mission Easter Eggs, and Christmas Fair. Donations from the “Pantry Jar” supports FISH, San Lucas, St. John, and La Iglesia.
- Access DuPage. Access DuPage serves County residents without access to health care. It is a collaborative effort of physicians, pharmacies, and hospitals.
- DuPage Habitat for Humanity
- Family Shelter Service (FSS). FSS in Downers Grove offers victims of domestic violence a safe place to live and assistance with employment, childcare, and transportation.
- FISH. Located in Downers Grove, FISH is made up of volunteers who minister to the needs of the community. It maintains a free food pantry and clothes closet and offers a variety of emergency social services to anyone who requests help.
- Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries. Church members support the Depository by attending Wednesday evening (6-9pm) food repacking sessions. The Depository awards $5.00 in food credits per hour of work. We spread our credits among six agencies. Anyone can volunteer
- Iglesia Evangelica Reformada. The congregation of this church in Logan Square in Chicago has a “manna mission” program to serve breakfast to day laborers as they stand outside waiting for work.
- People's Resource Center
- San Lucas UCC. This church ministers to the Humboldt Park area in Chicago. It sponsors youth programs and tutoring, family counseling, and day laborers’ advocacy, runs a thrift store, and serves hot meals for the homeless.
- South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk. We have joined churches in the area to support this annual event. 75% of the money raised supports the hunger programs of the Church World Service, and 25% goes to local hunger organizations.
- St. John UCC. This inner-city church has a food and clothing pantry. September 2010 was the largest month in the pantry’s history; about 350 families, representing about 1,000 people, visited it.