Fall brings Fundraising, Coats and New Volunteer Opportunities!

Mark your calendars now for our upcoming Annual Wine & Beer-Tasting Event, to be held on Sunday, November 2nd from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mirabell Restaurant, located at 3454 West Addison Street in Chicago. There will be a Silent Auction, along with amazing wines from around the world, and beers from local microbreweries, to be imbibed with delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Mirabell. If you have any goods or services you’d like to donate to the Silent Auction, please let us know by calling 773-283-6296.

COAT DISTRIBUTION begins in October. If you have any GENTLY USED WINTER COATS you’d like to donate, please contact us at 773-283-6296. The distribution will be during the five Wednesdays (and second Tuesday) of October, or until we run out.

Security Volunteer  Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Strong individual with a patient, friendly and tolerant attitude, sensitive to vulnerable people. Once each hour will walk around the premises inside and outside the pantry.

Break-Down Volunteer  Strong individual to help break down and clean up at end of pantry day. Hours would be Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:30. Work requires lifting.

Food Solicitor To regularly contact by phone and letter different food manufacturers (or sock or toiletry manufacturers/distributors) for donations. Must be willing to make cold calls.

Events and Fundraising  To work closely with our Outreach team. Outreach meets once per month to discuss ways to increase our visibility in the community and ways to effectively raise funds for the food pantry through events. Meetings usually occur in the evenings. Participation in planning committees for the Annual Wine-Tasting Event and other similar events is helpful.

Contact Lee, the Volunteer Manager for inquiries. Interview and completed volunteer application will be required.

Keep Voting in Facebook! Martin Nissan Facebook page is doing the charity contest again! “Like” Martin Nissan and then vote. The charity is the Pet Food Corner at Irving Park Food Pantry! Vote once a day, every day! We came in 2nd place by just a few votes last month so let’s keep it going ’till we win!

Thank you to Ron Olech who will oversee the maintenance of our intake laptops for us!
Thank you to Barbara Ries Murphy, of Josie’s Frozen Yogurt Cafe on Milwaukee in the Six Corners area! She is placing a food-donation container for us – indefinitely! And thank you to volunteer Magda Agudo who purchased the donation bin and will be in charge of picking up the donations on a regular basis and bringing them to the pantry!
Speaking of donations…
In case you were wondering:
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School Supply Distribution Begins!

The first week of August begins our School Supply Distribution! Thank you to the congregation at Carter Westminster Presbyterian Church for their donations, as well as the families of the Magic Mushroom Summer Program, out of Irving Park Lutheran Church. Thank you to all of the individuals who also donated and to our volunteers Sandra Schwarzbeck and Mike Mette for shopping for supplies to help us get a good start!

Thank you to everyone who continues to support our food pantry through monetary and non-perishable food donations! We are always in need of other items like white crew socks, toiletries (razors, lotion, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and women’s hygiene products) as well as baby food, and other non-perishable, non-canned foods like dry rice mixes, dry pasta mixes, snack bars, energy bars, juice, jello, crackers, etc.

We will continue to be at our booth at the GIPNA Independence Park Farmers Markets. Come visit us! Future markets are Sundays on August 10th and 24th, September 14th & 28th and October 12th & 26th.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page! Subscribe to us and check out photos from our recent 30th Anniversary Open House, as well as our attendance at the GCFD Annual Hunger Walk.

Volunteer of the Year Announced: Gerry Calderone

Gerry Calderon VOY 2014Congratulations to Gerry Calderone, the Irving Park Food Pantry’s Volunteer of the 2013/2014 Year! Gerry has volunteered at the Pantry for five years and has done a number of jobs, including working a variety of food stations and serving as line leader. We appreciate all her hard work on our behalf! Her honor was presented by Volunteer Manager Lee Stein and Executive Director John Psiharis on Wednesday at Mirabell Restaurant & Lounge, which hosted our Annual Volunteer luncheon. Everyone had a great time and had a great lunch, and we thank them for their support. 

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Thank you to the folks at Fossil who volunteered to work at the Pantry in April. They put together food bags, cut up boxes and helped out in other stations all day. This is the second year they’ve volunteered.


The Food Pantry will hold a 30th anniversary celebration (we opened in April 1984) on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20th at the Irving Park United Methodist Church at 3801 N. Keeler, our home base. More details to come on our Facebook page and this website.