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In order to address food insecurity in our community, Benton House partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide a community food pantry in the Bridgeport neighborhood. The Food Pantry takes place in Benton House’s Pearse Gymnasium and newly renovated Ramova Room, at 3034 S Gratten ave.
Our Food Pantry distribution occurs Fridays from 12 Noon until 2 pm
Our resources allow us to give families one full box of food per month; items including, but not limited to: fresh produce (fruit & vegetables), meat, bread, grains (pasta & rice), dairy items, and an assortment of canned items. While we do not turn anyone away, it is strongly encouraged to have a valid ID or other proof of residency upon registration. This helps us to know how often folks are attending our food pantry and which areas of the Bridgeport community are being served.
Food Assistance is Important
The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), in conjunction with America’s Second Harvest (now ‘Feeding America’), conducted a national hunger study in 2005, and found that an estimated 25 million people rely on food and grocery assistance provided by network food banks and food rescue organizations. Working poor families, parents of young children, and elderly, are among those who need food assistance to help make ends meet.
Growing numbers of Cook County residents are relying on food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Of the clients that GCFD serves: 39% of households include at least one employed adult; 33% are children under 18; 10% were 65 years of age or older; and 25% households have at least one family member in poor health.
The Food Pantry is volunteer-driven and run. You can be a part of it in many ways:
Thursday afternoons: starting at 1:00 pm, volunteers help set-up the distribution space and to unload our weekly food shipment by sorting/stocking food items.
Fridays: from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, volunteers help distribute food to our food pantry clients, as well as help with the clean-up and breakdown of the distribution space.
(Interested in Volunteering?)
This is a great way to help us keep our shelves stocked! We accept food donations all year round from individual donors, community groups (Churches, schools, etc), as well as local businesses. Groups with annual food drives during the holiday season are also encouraged to partner with us.
No matter how small, they can make a difference in a client’s life. Just seven cents can provide a pound of food to a family in need.
For more info email Foodpantry@bentonhouse.org or call us at (773) 927 – 6420.