About Us

OUR STORY

Since the beginning...
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We are passionate about helping those experiencing food insecurity … passionate about making sure those who have fallen on bad times receive proper nutrition … passionate about ensuring children have access to healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner so they can do their best at school … and simply put, passionate about carrying out God’s work in our community.

For 35 years, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry has been distributing groceries to our neighbors in need, and most recently, distribute 750,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious, and sustainable meals to 32,000 individuals.  Staff, Board Members and volunteers alike work 5 days per week inside Grace Lutheran Church, where our Pantry is housed, assisting guests who have lost his/her job, are disabled and cannot work, are senior citizens receiving a fixed income, or simply have difficulty making ends meet for any number of reasons.  We are there for these neighbors.  We are there to be the smile in their day that they may not otherwise experience.  We laugh with them;  we cry with them.  Our guests mean as much to us as we do to them.

At the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, we feel blessed to have the opportunity, means and support to provide nutritious food to our hungry neighbors, and work towards Making Hunger History in Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities.

Thank you for being a part of our Food Pantry Family!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Mission and Values
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The Philosophy behind the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is very simple … our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, told us to feed the hungry (Matthew 25:31).  This is the philosophy we maintain each and every day.  He did not say ‘form a bureaucracy to feed the hungry’ or ‘make sure you only feed the deserving poor.’  He told us to feed the hungry.

Of course, we realize that we can’t possibly feed all those who are hungry, but we can start by feeding those who come to us for food.  The Food Pantry was founded on the principle that ‘no one would be turned away hungry.’  Again, this we have faithfully followed since we have been in existence, and still do today.

We also realize that just having food on the shelves is not enough.  We also need a system for collecting food, organizing our inventory and ensuring food is distributed in a fair and efficient manner.  For this we rely on our 400+ volunteers, who have given unselfishly of their time and talents to keep the pantry operating smoothly, and our 10 staff who are wholeheartedly passionate about our mission to feed the undernourished in our community.

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