Hard-working neighbor falls on hard times

24/Sep/18 / 16:38

Jack is a regular at Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry and recalls a time when the food pantry operated out of the basement of a small house on the church property, its second location after expanding from the original walk-in closet at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. “I was a custodian for the church back then,” Jack says. “They’ve done so much with the place now.”
Today, while still located on church property, the food pantry operates out of a remodeled 2,500-square foot building that opened in January 2016. The pantry serves nearly 125 of our neighbors in need each week, who travel from as far as Lombard and Bensenville to receive groceries with the pantry’s “client choice” distribution model.
The client choice model allows our neighbors to shop the pantry like a grocery store, picking and choosing individual items off the shelves. When we met Jack, he was filling his cart with the essentials. “I just see what they have,” he says. “Nothing too fancy, nothing too spicy. We stick with the eggs and the meats.”
After his wife had a stroke a few years ago, Jack started doing the shopping for their household. “She can’t work anymore,” he says. At age 73, Jack now works at a convenience story to make ends meet.
“I’ve come here many times,” he says, selecting potatoes, meat, and canned goods with the help of a student volunteer. “I worked at Cubs Foods, so I know the business. They do a great job here.”
Northern Illinois Food Bank is proud to partner with Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, along with over 900 other food pantries and feeding programs throughout our service area. These partnerships help local families, seniors, men and women access the fresh groceries they need in order to fill their plate for every meal each day.

How You Can Help:


  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food.



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