Meet 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.
• 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
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!
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.
Valentines 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!
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
Join the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Team for the Human Race, a 5K Walk/Run Saturday April 30, 2016. Click here for more information.
Come join our high school GEIW Junior Volunteers for a morning on fun and fitness at Glenbard West High School on April 17, 2016. This group of high school students plans and organizes this event that raises money and awareness for our 22 deserving agencies. Click here for tickets.
Click on the picture below to see the Fox News segment feturing the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry’s Thanks giving Meal Appeal. (Just be patient, GEFP is featured in the third story of the segment)
Bring in a donation to benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry from November 8th-15th and you will receive 15% off an item of your choice at Lola Boutique in Glen Ellyn. Thank you Lola Boutique for your support in helping those in need in our community!
St. Mark’s Boy Scouts Troup 44 helps with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Thanksgiving Appeal Turkey Drive at Jewel on Roosevelt to raise money for over 550 families for a Turkey Dinner on Thanksgiving. The Scouts were able to connect with the customers of Jewel and raise approximately $1,040.00 for the food drive over the weekend of October 12th. St Mark’s Scouts and Leaders who gave up their time for the needy were David Felsenthal, Debora Felsenthal, Ian Marshall, Kathy Marshall, Rob Marshall, Simon Mstowski , Mitch Mstowski, Nolan Burke, Sam Nelson, Aileen Burke, Kathy Nelson, Nathan Blaim, Dody Hospes, Will Robinson and Ruth Hospes.