If you add 500 girl scouts to 20,000 homes and factor in unstinting generosity, what do you get?

Thirteen tons of food collected for the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry to share with hungry neighbors.

Some savvy donors, knowing we can purchase food more inexpensively, opted to leave checks — nearly $600 worth! Together, that’s enough to feed over 1,000 families.

Once again, Service Unit 409 Girl Scout troops from Oak Park and River Forest proved there is no age limit for compassionate service. Lisa Files (the organizing genius behind the food drive) estimates that the girl scouts and their parents donated over 2,400 hours of volunteer labor.

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, I want to express our appreciation for the outpouring of support from our community. Thanks to all of you who put food out for the girls to collect. Thanks to the few folks whose food didn’t get picked up but who brought it in anyway. Thanks to the parents who schlepped van-loads of food to us. Thanks to the volunteers who sorted and sorted and sorted. Our clients cannot be more thrilled with this bounty.

This food drive came at the perfect time. You may have heard that the rise in food costs and cuts in food commodities we receive from USDA have forced the Food Pantry to comprehensively review our program and adjust our boundaries. It is our mission to provide hunger relief and to do so with respect and efficiency. Thus, we have made thoughtful programmatic changes in order to maintain our level of service. Your continued support and generosity mean that Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry will continue to be able to serve the most vulnerable families in our community now and for years to come. Thank you.

Jamie Stanesa
President of the board, OP-RF Food Pantry

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