FEEDING THE HUNGRY
FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS
Parish volunteer group trips to the Northern Illinois Food Bank are planned a few times per year. Generally this means food sorting and packing. Every hour of assistance helps ensure that our hungry neighbors will have access to food in their time of need. Children ages 8 and older can volunteer with families or in groups with adult chaperones. If you would like to volunteer, please check the bulletin for the sign up dates. Signup sheets are placed in the narthex. For more information, contact our Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator, Terry Bode at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD PANTRY – EMERGENCY
Our parish food pantry accepts non-perishable food products but we ask that you please check that the food items you wish to donate haven’t expired or gone past the “Best By” date. The pantry does not accept or use food or toiletry items that are open and/or partially used. Please review the Food Pantry “Wish List” for suggested items. You may leave donated items in the Food Pantry basket located in the narthex.
Emergency Food Assistance is available to our parish families whenever an emergency arises. Please contact the parish office or Deacon Ron Madsen at 630-279-7433 to discuss your immediate needs.
FOOD PANTRY – MOBILE
The Mobile Pantry is a “traveling food pantry” that delivers meat, produce, non-perishable food and other products to communities where the need for food surpasses the capacity of existing food pantry resources. St. John the Apostle is a host site, however, the dates and locations for the pantry are assigned when there is available funding. Volunteers at the Mobile Pantry assist in distributing food to our hungry neighbors. If you would like to volunteer, please watch for the signup sheets in the narthex. Questions, please contact Deacon Ron Madsen at 630-279-7433.
FOOD OUTREACH / HOLIDAY MEALS PROGRAM
Please consider contributing to our annual Food Outreach/Holiday Meals Program which provides Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meals to our parishioners and neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. By partnering with Catholic Charities and Northern Illinois Food Bank, we can purchase a Holiday feast for eight. The dinner features turkey as the centerpiece, vegetables, stuffing and gravy as the side dishes, fruit, coffee and dessert. In late October, donation envelopes will be placed in the pews and in the narthex. Just place your donation envelope in the collection basket at Mass or drop it off at the parish office. After meals are distributed, funds collected will be used to sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry at the parish.