“Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”
– Luke 3:11
WHO IS HELPED?
• The Notre Dame Food Pantry assists approximately 50 local families monthly.
• We also make requested emergency deliveries to people in the area who are
experiencing a short-term financial crisis
WHERE DO THE FAMILIES LIVE?
• Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Darien and Willowbrook.
HOW DO WE LEARN OF THE NEED?
• People are usually referred to us by another area church or by a local agency
• We do a full interview of circumstances, finances, etc. before providing more than a one-
time emergency assistance.
WHAT CAUSES THE NEED?
• Most frequent reasons for needing assistance are: single moms, often recently abused
or abandoned by the father; recent unemployment; illness or injury; the working poor;
and seniors with limited incomes.
HOW LONG DO MOST RECEIVE OUR ASSISTANCE?
• Many of the people we help are in crisis and need our help for a few months. Others,
especially those experiencing illness or injury, need help for a year or so. The seniors
and working poor often need long-term assistance.
• Easter (holiday dinner groceries and Easter baskets), Thanksgiving (holiday dinner
groceries) and Christmas (dinner groceries and gifts)
• All volunteers welcome including teens, families with children and all who would like to help.
• Greatest volunteer need is for people to make Saturday morning deliveries
• We many other volunteer roles open
• Our More Than Just Food extension accepts requests for furniture appliances, etc. In
2022, 53 items were donated and delivered to families.
• The Food Pantry began a teens group before becoming an adult ministry.
• It was originally in the old Mansion; in the actual pantry from its days as a home!
• Donated food is brought to the Food Pantry.
• Donations are carefully checked for expiration dates and sorted and shelved by categories.
• Twice a month, non-perishable food is packed using a packing list based on inventory.
• Boxes are delivered two Saturdays a month to families.
• Each family receives one delivery monthly.
• A delivery consists of 2-3 boxes of non-perishable foods and other grocery store items, 1 box of
perishables (packed the morning of delivery), and 1 gallon of milk.
For more information, contact MaryAnn Fenton (630) 207-2706