Hillside Food Pantry began as an outreach ministry committed to showing the love of God in a meaningful way by distributing "rescued food" to people in need. It also provided an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together for a common purpose and help make our community a better place for all of us.
What didn't anticipate was how our simple commitment to treat our patrons with dignity and respect and make coming to a food pantry as stress-free as possible set such a caring and friendly tone that we have become a "community of people helping people." Smiles and hugs are freely given and received, and we see that "It's about more than just the food."
We are gratified by how many individuals, groups, churches, synagogues, businesses and community organizations have come alongside us to be a part of it all. It is more than we ever hoped and we feel truly blessed by all that God has allowed us to accomplish together.
Measuring Our Impact
It is hard to believe that we've gone from serving 206 families during the first month we were open in May 2009 to serving an average of 2,095 families a month in 2013! Each month we'll let you know how many households and people we serve. We started 2014 serving 1,872 families that included 6,807 people, even though we were closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on one day due to sub-zero weather. With your help and the generosity of our donor stores and community partners, we gave away 6,263 bags of groceries in 2009, 21,112 in 2010, 23,635 in 2011, 24,089 in 2012, and 25,139 in 2013--that's over 100,238 bags of food to people in need since we opened our doors! We couldn't have done it all without you -- thanks!!
You can donate on-line at the Pantry web-site (www.hillsidepantry.org), or send or bring a check payable to Hillside Food Pantry (2727 Crawford Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201).