I walked in the Hunger Walk on Saturday, June 21 in support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
In 2013, nearly 16,000 households visited Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. That's why I walked.
Many of our clients have to choose between:
- buying food or paying rent (because someone in the household lost a job)
- buying food or paying for a prescription (because they no longer have health insurance).
Many of the clients who come to the food pantry never thought they would be doing so. The old stereotypes about who visits food pantries no longer apply.
I've been a board member for the past three years, and I couldn't be more proud to be associated with this effective, efficient and compassionate organization.
Did you know that a typical allotment of food a family receives from Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry costs Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry $8.45? That same amount of food costs $86.24 at a local grocery store. Your donation goes directly to our account to aquire food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
$1 goes a long way.
There's still time to be part of this effort. You can contribute to the Hunger Walk until July 31. My original goal was to raise $1,000, and a number of generous friends helped me blow past that. I now hope to raise $2,000. Please help me by contributing in any amount online, or with a check made out to GCFD sent to me. Thank you!