Girl Scouts amaze us. Their generosity and unflagging energy are an inspiration each year as they conduct a tri-village food drive to help those in need.
On Oct. 27, the girls collected over 21,000 pounds of food for our pantry — enough to feed over 600 families for a week. Some people also donated checks, making it possible for us to purchase enough to feed another 35 families.
Running up and down the pantry stairs carrying 18,000 pounds of food is no mean feat. Over 40 troop leaders and 400 girls made it seem like fun. That level of service from kids and parents alike is impressive!
To all the villagers who emptied your own pantry shelves to help stock ours, we are so thankful. To the parents who crisscrossed the village with their troops hanging “Food Drive” signs on 17,000 doorknobs, picked up food and delivered it to the pantry, you have our profound gratitude.
On behalf of our clients, we thank you all for this wonderful community effort.
J. Peter Clark, Board president, and Michele Zurakowski, Executive director
Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry