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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.

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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

 

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Construction Coming Soon

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Important News: Great things are happening at the Food Pantry! We are very blessed to be receiving additional Pantry space at Grace Church. As such, we will need to temporarily close the Food Pantry beginning May 30th. Construction and remodeling will continue through June and July, with a target of re-opening the Pantry and resuming client appointments on Monday, August 1st.
All of us at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry are greatly appreciative of your volunteer efforts … enjoy the summer months and we look forward to seeing you again in August!

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A Celebration of Tables

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Join the Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club raise funds for the ever-deserving Glen Ellyn Food Pantry by attending the 5th annual A Celebration of Tables, a unique event that celebrates the art of entertaining.

Twenty uniquely themed tablescapes will transform the banquet hall of St. Mark’s Church in downtown Glen Ellyn on March 12, 10am-1pm. These lavishly decorated tables will give you ideas for your next party, and provide a truly fun and unique background for your next girls day out. It’s like walking into a live Pinterest… except with a mimosa and treats from Blackberry Market in hand!

Please spread the word about this wonderful Ladies Day Out! Bring a friend, sister, mother… it really is a fun event, and such a distinctive Glen Ellyn tradition. And the best part is that every ticket makes a difference for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Buy your tickets today at www.celebrationoftables.com or in person at Marcel’s, Core Power Yoga, or St. Mark’s Church.

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What? Hungry Families in Glen Ellyn?

Walking around the beautiful streets of our quaint Glen Ellyn village, you would never think that many of our friends, neighbors and families are fighting hunger. Hunger is not easily seen but felt by many. A student in your child’s class may not have had dinner last night or breakfast this morning. Your neighbor may have faced the loss of a job and need a little help until they are employed again, or they may be under employed and need some assistance to make ends meet. A person you pass on Main Street may have incurred large medical expenses or have experienced a divorce or death. Senior citizens who are on fixed incomes, people struck by illness, and the disabled are also individuals who may be “food insecure” in our area. More than 407,000 people in DuPage county report that are unable to provide an adequate food for themselves or their family. About 1 and 5 of those are children.

Thankfully, there is relief and support for our friends and neighbors in need at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, located in Grace Lutheran Church, is a partnership of Glen Ellyn churches who cooperate in providing food and volunteers to serve people in need who reside in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol Stream, Lisle, and Glendale Heights. This local agency is not a “soup kitchen” and does not just serve the homeless like many in our area have come to believe. It is operated by nine staff members and hundreds of volunteers. Whether stocking shelves, making trips to local food recovery stores, helping individuals shop or bagging up groceries, volunteers of all ages make this agency strong. It is a place of security and warmth for those who need supplemental food support because they are “food insecure”. Currently, the Pantry serves about 600 local families every month (around 2000 individuals).

So what can YOU do to help the hunger crisis that surrounds you? The food pantry is ALWAYS looking for donations of non-perishable food items, brown paper bags to pack groceries for clients, financial contributions and, of course, your personal time and talents. Organize a food drive, clean out your cabinets or pick up an extra item or two when doing your own grocery shopping and bring donations to the Food Pantry during operating hours. Also, personal items such as diapers, paper towels, shampoo and toilet paper are not covered under federal assistance programs and therefore are ALWAYS appreciated. Visit www.glenellynfoodpantry.org for more information about how you can help.

Financial support is the key ingredient to the recipe for success of the food pantry! Last year the generous people, businesses and organizations of Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities helped our Food Pantry distribute 60,000 bags of food … which is $2.5 million worth of groceries … to our neighbors in need. Simply put, the Food Pantry could not do what they do without your support!

So as you plan your daily meals and look at your full cabinets, we challenge you to think of ways YOU can help those that are hungry around you. Remember they are in your child’s class, your neighbors and walking down the streets everyday…even in Glen Ellyn!

Be GRATEFUL and GIVE BACK!

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VALENTINES DAY + A SMILE = LOVE

imageValentines Day and a SMILE will fill anyone’s heart with LOVE.  When recognizing those you love this Valentine’s Day, think of getting them a gift with a smile… AMAZON SMILE. Amazon SMILE is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry every time you shop, at no cost to you. The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry receives .5% of your Amazon purchases.  Take a look at the variety of great Valentine’s Day gifts to choose from including jewelry, clothing, electronics and more.

 

Go to Smile.Amazon.com and sign-up to donate with Glen Ellyn Food Pantry… its FREE but worth so much in our efforts to support the food insecure in Glen Ellyn and our surrounding communities!

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Tickets on Sale Now

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The 32nd Annual GEIW Housewalk will be held on May 6th, 2016 from 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm. This wonderful fundraiser allows residents from all over to tour fabulous homes in Glen Ellyn.

With the purchase of your ticket you will receive a Tour Guide Booklet at your first home, which includes your individual ticket, summaries of the featured homes, a raffle entry, as well as advertisements and coupons from area businesses and other supporters.

10 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 9 pm

BUY TICKETS

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GEFP Needs Your Year End Support

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry has seen tremendous growth is the demand for food assistance over the past three years: *** Actual 2013 Actual 2014 Actual 2015 Pounds Distributed 450,000 825,000 900,000 $$ value Distributed $1,110,778 $2,272,000 2,600,000 # Clients Served 17,500 22,000 29,000 A significant game changer for us has been the ability to recover food […]