Community Garden Party, New Sign and Other Opportunities

JOIN US SATURDAY, JULY 25th, at 2 p.m. as we dedicate the new community garden at Irving Park United Methodist Church (corner of Grace and Keeler). The Serenity Garden will provide herbs to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. This is Phase I of a multi-year project to expand the current supply of organic vegetables to the pantry, working in conjunction with Carlson Community Services’ Three Brothers Garden (located at Irving Park Lutheran Church). Seed money is being made available through ongoing support from the FDC Foundation that provides funding specific to providing healthy, fresh food options to pantry clients. Learn from specialists how to cook with herbs, grow organic produce, garden with a green mind and thumb. This will be a fun and educational Garden Party you won’t want to miss! If you would like to help by taking a rotation on the watering schedule, do some weeding, donate supplies or funds, or help with the event on July 25, please contact: Vicci Rodgers or call 773-283-6296. Thanks to all who have been part of this project already! Remember: Saturday, July 25th, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Volunteer Need to Install New Sign Irving Park Food Pantry has a new sturdy outdoor sign! We’re seeking a volunteer with carpentry skills who can put it up in a permanent fashion on the lawn of Irving Park United Methodist Church. If interested, please email Lee Stein or call 773-283-6296.

Wine-Tasting Benefit Plans are underway for organizing our annual wine-tasting benefit and silent auction! Can you help us plan and obtain drinks and goods/services for the benefit? Let us know! If interested, please email Lee Stein or call 773-283-6296.

Other Annual Volunteer Opportunities: WebSNAP Manager, Farmers Market Coordinator, Easter Basket Distribution Coordinator. If interested, please email Lee Stein or call 773-283-6296.

New Community Garden at Food Pantry, VOY 2015, Hunger Walk

There is a LOT going on at the food pantry! Read on:
“Providing fresh produce for better health” is an initiative supported by the Irving Park Community Food Pantry (IPCFP). 
 
new garden siteSince 2009, the Three Brothers Garden (TBG) at the Irving Park Lutheran Church has helped with this cause. Currently TBG garden provides 800-900 pounds of organic produce annually to the IPCFP. Now, TBG has expanded its efforts through Project Homegrown, a program held at the Irving Park United Methodist Church (IPUMC) that provides education and resources to help pantry clients grow vegetables at home. The classes are being conducted by Dorene Jordan, a master gardener and TBG volunteer.
As part of the program, IPUMC is donating space to create an herb garden this summer on the northwest side of the church. A small prayer garden for community use will be part of this project. The plan is to expand the garden in 2016, with raised beds similar to TBG, along the north side of the church, to coordinate with TBG in growing vegetables for the pantry. This also will give pantry clients hands-on experience harvesting food that is growing outside the church they come to for their distributions.
Come be part of the planning and learn how you can help with this important cause. There will be an organizing meeting at Irving Park UMC next Tuesday, June 9th at 5:30 p.m. Enter through the door from the parking lot on the east side of the church. Tuesday is a food distribution night for the pantry and other doors will be in use by pantry clients. For more information: viccirodgers@gmail.com or volunteer@irvingparkfoodpantry.org. Irving Park UMC is located at 3801 N. Keeler (at Grace Street).
Friends and Volunteers of Irving Park Community Food Pantry are excited to walk!

Friends and Volunteers of Irving Park Community Food Pantry are excited to walk!

HUNGER WALK SATURDAY, JUNE 20th
Did you know that today…still…more than 812,000 men, women and children — 1 in 6 in Cook County — turn to the network of food pantries of the Greater Chicago Food Depository for assistance? We continue to work to lower the numbers, and raise awareness of hunger through the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 29th Annual Hunger Walk, which will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Soldier Field. This event is IP Food Pantry’s greatest fundraiser of the year, and it is so for many other food pantries and soup kitchens as well. You can help Irving Park Community Food Pantry directly through one or all of three ways:

1) Donate! You can donate online or write a check to Greater Chicago Food Depository (be sure to write HW, Agy.#A00113 in the memo to ensure the money goes to Irving Park Food Pantry).
2) Walk! Register online with Team Irving Park or contact Lee. Check-in time begins at 7 a.m., the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.
3) Just Show Up! You don’t even have to walk – just show up for all the fun and excitement (and free goodies), and check in with one of the GCFD registrations tents to let them know that you’re there for Agency A00113 – Irving Park Food Pantry.

Anyone who walks or shows up on our behalf will earn the food pantry $12 in food credits through the GCFD! Call us at 773-283-6296 for more information. 

One last way to help is to spread the word! Tell your friends and family. June 20th will be a beautiful day to get together for a walk by the lake, and you’ll be letting everyone know that NO 1 SHOULD GO HUNGRY!

Debbie DelgadoVolunteer of the Year 2014 – Debbie Delgado
On May 27th, we had our annual Volunteer Luncheon at La Villa Restaurant on Pulaski. There we awarded volunteer Debbie Delgado our Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014. Debbie began volunteering with us in 2011, and works hard as the line leader of distribution. She participates in every Hunger Walk, and shares the mission with her friends to help us out. Congratulations Debbie!

Craig ShuttLisa AlbrechtSpecial Thanks went to Craig Shutt for all his hard work in marketing – he’s the man behind our Breadcrumbs Newsletter, Facebook posts, and most of our photographs! Also a special thank you went to Lisa Albrecht for her consistently accurate and meticulous bookkeeping of our finances. This is an important job that often goes unnoticed. Thank you Lisa!

Walk to End Hunger!

Friends and Volunteers of Irving Park Community Food Pantry are excited to walk!

Friends and Volunteers of Irving Park Community Food Pantry are excited to walk!

Hunger Walk Scheduled for Saturday, June 20th
Did you know that today…still…more than 812,000 men, women and children — 1 in 6 in Cook County — turn to the network of food pantries of the Greater Chicago Food Depository for assistance? We continue to work to lower the numbers, and raise awareness of hunger through the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 29th Annual Hunger Walk, which will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Soldier Field. This event is IP Food Pantry’s greatest fundraiser of the year, and it is so for many other food pantries and soup kitchens as well. You can help Irving Park Community Food Pantry directly through one or all of three ways:

1) Donate! You can donate online or write a check to Greater Chicago Food Depository (be sure to write HW, Agy.#A00113 in the memo to ensure the money goes to Irving Park Food Pantry).
2) Walk! Register online with Team Irving Park or contact Lee. Check-in time begins at 7 a.m., the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.
3) Just Show Up! You don’t even have to walk – just show up for all the fun and excitement (and free goodies), and check in with one of the GCFD registrations tents to let them know that you’re there for Agency A00113 – Irving Park Food Pantry.

Anyone who walks or shows up on our behalf will earn the food pantry $12 in food credits through the GCFD! Call us at 773-283-6296 for more information. 

One last way to help is to spread the word! Tell your friends and family. June 20th will be a beautiful day to get together for a walk by the lake, and you’ll be letting everyone know that NO 1 SHOULD GO HUNGRY!

Volunteers Adele, Gina, Debra and Gerry take a moment before the walk!

Volunteers Adele, Gina, Debra and Gerry take a moment before the walk!

WebSNAP Volunteer Dennis Delavera, Executive Director John Psiharis and volunteer Anna Besmann get ready to walk!

WebSNAP Volunteer Dennis Delavera, Executive Director John Psiharis and volunteer Anna Besmann get ready to walk!

OTHER DONATIONS: Keep those men’s white crew socks coming! We’re always in need of them as they help our clients in many ways. As always, non-perishable food items like rice, snacks, pasta, pasta and rice mixes, cookies, energy bars and juice are always appreciated. Other items that are useful to clients are toiletries and baby diapers.

 

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY We are looking for a volunteer–or volunteers–who are interested in coordinating, planning and carrying out one of our annual special distributions (coats, school supplies or Easter baskets). This is a great one-time project for at-home parents, student service hour coordinators, etc. Please contact Lee for complete information, let us know you’re interested in helping with “annual special distributions” today!