NILES TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY NEEDS MORE HELP THAN EVER FOR THE WINTER OF 2013/2014
THE COMMUNITY GARDEN WILL BE GOING STRONG IN 2014 FOR THE THIRD YEAR.
People are surprised to learn that even in our “affluent” communities there are many people, young, elderly and in-between, who do not have the resources to feed themselves or their families adequately. That is why the Niles Township Food Pantry exists – to aid those who need food, especially on an emergency basis. We want to make sure that every person has the food they need to sustain themselves, so we are always seeking donations to help the over 3,500 individuals (on average) who use our pantry every month. With these bad economic times, the number of people who need the food pantry keeps increasing. This past November 2013, the Niles Township Food Pantry has supplied food to more than 5,500 individuals alone.
Due to federal government cutbacks, we are receiving less funding and much less food to distribute. We are have developed garden plots to the east of the Food Pantry Annex to help grow our own produce to share with needy clients. If you are interested in renting a plot and sharing your harvest with the food pantry, please call the main building at (847) 673-9300.
We are always grateful to receive donations of the following items: turkeys, hams, roasting chickens, canned fruit, bottled or canned juice, small jars of jelly, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, canned soups, boxed pasta dishes, pasta, boxed rice dishes, mixed vegetables, canned tuna, stuffing mix, small jars of mayonnaise, small cans of coffee, small boxes of tea, crackers, packaged cookies, gravy (dry or liquid), pie shells (dry or frozen), pie fillings, and cake mixes. (Please make sure the item are within the expiration date.)
We are also asking for donations of personal care items. Often, people who need food are also in need of other basic items for their daily personal needs. These items include: razors (men/women), shaving cream, aftershave, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap, lotion, feminine hygiene products, tissues, toilet paper, laundry detergent, bleach, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and mouthwash. Due to the rise in families who are experiencing hard economic time and in dire need of the pantry, we have badly needed baby pampers of all sizes and diaper rash ointments.
There are numerous opportunities for groups to help the Pantry, by participating in the Hunger Walk for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, volunteering at the food pantry or conducting a food drive. Please contact us for more information. For all volunteers - please call 847 983-0073.
We would like to thank the generous people, and corporations of Niles Township.
Trustee Marilyn Glazer (with help from Santa) and
Niles Township Food Pantry, Annex Building, 5255 Main Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday - 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 -6:00 p.m.