Sunday
Jan152012

Thank you to many groups and businesses for supporting the Pantry during the recent holiday season.

  • ·       Tony Cimbalo and other patrons of The Bar in Des Plaines who donated food and cash from a special event on Nov. 11.
  • ·       Home Warranty of America for their donations of food and gift cards.
  • ·       Walgreen's, whose three Des Plaines locations housed Red Barrels for a fall food collection.
  • ·       Local churches such St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, the Bridge Community Church, St. Stephen's Catholic Church, First Congregational, Trinity Lutheran, St. Martin’s Episcopal and several others for going above and beyond with their holiday donations.
  • ·       The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce for promoting food collections for the pantry at the December "Winter Wonderland" event at the Frisbie Senior Center and at the annual holiday luncheon.
  • ·       Bishop Plumbing for providing turkey dinner donations during the holidays.
  • ·       Our neighbors at Juno Lighting for their year-round support through food and financial donations.
  • ·       The Daily Herald for its employee holiday food drive in the newspaper's Arlington Heights office.
  • ·       The daughter of longtime pantry volunteers Richard and Betty Limp who makes donations in her parents' honor.
  • ·       Des Plaines Elks Lodge 1526 for their year-round support of food, funds and clothing.
  • ·       The Des Plaines Kiwanis, Optimist, and Rotary Clubs for their loyal support.
  • ·       The Emergency Nurses Association for their food drive efforts.
  • ·       The American Society of Safety Engineers and the Lattof YMCA for being very productive Red Barrel sites!
  • ·       Abbott Molecular for hosting a hugely successful holiday food drive!
  • ·       Omnicare Pharmacy, General Cable, Integrity Payment Systems, PCI, ITW and SRDS for their donations of food and clothing.
  • ·      North School and Terrace School for thier very successful holiday food drives. Forest School for their many Market Day donations.
  • ·       Creative Corners Preschool and Kiddie Junction for their holiday food collections.
  • ·       Rivers Casino for their very successful employees’ food drive.
  • ·       Gas Technology Institute (GTI) for donating the cash proceeds from their “in-house” garden which yields wonderful produce for their employees to buy.
  • ·       Jewel-Osco at Lee & Oakton for a $1200 shopping spree for Pantry necessities
  • ·       The Produce Angel who donates lots of fresh fruits and veggies for our clients twice a week (Thanks, G.S.!)
  • ·      And we are continually grateful to Panera Bread, Dominick's, Aunt Millie's Outlet and Jimmy John's for the donations of the wonderful baked goods we distribute to our clients every Tuesday and Saturday.
Sunday
Jan152012

Directly from the Director. . . . . . .

As you read this issue, you'll notice the names of many local businesses, individuals, schools and other groups that helped to make the holiday season brighter for our food pantry clients.  Although it would be impossible to list the names of everyone who donated their time, food, funds and more over the past few months, please know that your contribution - whatever shape and size - has made a difference in someone's life so THANK YOU! 

If you would like to learn more in 2012 about this organization at 600 E. Algonquin Rd. that receives your donations, feel free to schedule a visit by calling me at 847/337-1443.  Happy New Year!

. . . . Debbie Walusiak,   Exec. Director

Sunday
Jan152012

Client Survey

In an effort to better serve our clients, we will be asking each client family to fill out a brief survey when they come into the Pantry in January.  The survey (in English and Spanish) is to be filled out while they are waiting to be served and deposited in a box on the registrars’ desks. This will help us determine how we can improve the diets of our needy clients, e.g., what Pantry foods they use the most and what foods they would like us to offer.  If our mission is to provide more food and better nutrition for our clients, it is necessary to get their input. This survey should be a big help.

Sunday
Jan152012

February Food Fight

If you live in a condo or are part of a local business, start preparing for the annual February Food Fight hosted by the DP Chamber of Commerce. In this event, local boards (condo, etc.) and businesses challenge the C of C board of directors to see who can collect the most food for the pantry. Please remember to check the expiration dates!

Sunday
Jan152012

Generosity of The Des Plaines Community Foundation 

The Des Plaines Community Foundation recently presented the Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines with a check for $10,000. Pictured above left to right are: Executive Director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation Rosemary Argus, Des Plaines Community Foundation Board Member Bob Lewandowski, Self Help Closet &  Pantry Director Debra Walusiak, Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan, with Self Help Closet and Pantry Board Members Randy Jaeger; Rev. Dr. William G. Grice III, Alicia Sorber Gallegos, and Roger Hull.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation is a Des Plaines based not-for-profit agency that provides support for youth, senior citizens and people with special needs and helps promote a healthy and safe community environment. In addition to helping assure clothing and food needs are met, the Des Plaines Community Foundation assists with transportation needs, housework, snow shoveling, and yard work for the elderly and disabled.