Superhero of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

imageMeet Patrick O’Leary (aka the Incredible Hulk), one of the many superheroes who volunteer their awesome time and talents to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. A resident of Glen Ellyn for 46 years, Pat began volunteering at the Food Pantry in 2004, but his volunteering efforts began in Glen Ellyn in 1969 for HOPE, Inc. rehabbing homes. If he could be a superhero, he would be the Incredible Hulk … and he uses his HULK like powers to unload food and stock cases at the food pantry (plus GREEN is his favorite color).

Throughout his years of volunteering, his favorite and most memorable experience was an 8 year old girl donating her birthday presents. She had asked for food donations from her friends instead of traditional party gifts. Pat was particularly touched when this young girl asked when she could start to volunteer for the Food Pantry. Pat has also noticed the incredible growth of our local food pantry and the amount of food including meats, produce and bakery items donated from local businesses and the Northern Illinois Food Bank through the years.

Hulk Hero Fun Facts

Top Favorite Things at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
• Feeding HIS children (literally)
• Seeing our clients treated with the utmost respect and patience.
• Working with so many wonderful people, staff, volunteers, clients and donors.

Favorite Food:
• Chocolate (ANYTHING)

What has changed about GE?
• So many more BIG houses and so many people needing a hand up.

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry would not be the thriving metropolis it is without volunteers like Pat O’Leary and his SUPERHERO efforts. Thank You!

What SUPERHERO power do you possess within and how do you use it to be grateful and give back?!

By Jennifer Larrison and Jill Schultz