Operations

The USDA provides the Pantry with regularly updated information including the income guidelines for USDA commodities distribution. Each client is given approximately a three day supply of nutritionally complete food free on a monthly basis – or 10% of total food needs – to supplement other food resources.

Our food comes from a number of sources. We collect food from non-perishable “canned food drives” through churches, neighborhood canvass, schools, and businesses. We receive USDA goods, some fresh produce and the bulk of our food through the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Churches, organizations, corporations, and individuals give us money to purchase food and pay operational expenses. (Three Brothers Garden)

Over the years, our pantry operations have been supplemented by fundraising events such as: The Wine-Tasting Event, Matching Funds (check with your workplace to see if they provide matching funds), Feinstein Matching Grant, Greater Chicago Food Depository Annual Hunger Walk, Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association Farmers’ Market, Fund-, Personal Care Items- and Food Drives, Car Donation Program, Harvest Benefit Fundraiser.