Learn the Facts About Hunger
Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.
- Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
- The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
- According to the USDA's latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people in the United States struggled with hunger in 2019.
- Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10 million children lived in food-insecure households.
Every community in the country is home to families who struggle with food insecurity including rural and suburban communities. Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
How You Can Help
Bring Nonperishable Food Directly to SJC Church
Each month food donations collected in our church narthex are used to stock the shelves of an area food pantry. Items most in need are those which are difficult to purchase from the Food Depository or those that are difficult to obtain through local stores such as: canned fruit, pasta sauce, healthy cereal, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, and flavored rice/noodles. Donations can be brought to church when you come to Mass.
Donations may also be made to our Food Pantry Collection here or by check noting Food Pantry Fund in the memo line.
The fund will be distributed to the area food pantries supported by our parish. Making a monetary donation stretches food purchases eight to ten times further than our purchases at a grocery store because Food Pantries can purchase items at a deep discount through the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Donations are also more efficient during the pandemic as less sorting, code date checking, and sanitation are necessary. All donations are tax deductible.
Bring Food Directly to our Neighboring Parishes
- Donations can be dropped off any time at St. Cletus in the bin near the rectory. Items requested include pasta sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, jelly, crackers, cereal, granola bars, meals in a can such as ravioli, etc., boxed potatoes, flavored rice/noodle sides.
- Francis accepts donations on Mondays from 9am until Noon at the rectory side door next to their parking lot. Special requests include: tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, canned fruit, soup, laundry soap and dish soap.
Bring Food Directly to the Harkens in Western Springs for Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR)
Parishioner and Outreach Advisory Chairperson, Diane Harken, and her husband, Bruce, are accepting food donations on their front porch for families in the PBMR community. PBMR is a SJC Sharing Parish Ministry that serves families impacted by violence and the criminal justice system. Items most needed: all canned goods including soups, breakfast cereal, toilet paper and paper towels. Diane and Bruce live at 3832 Lawn Avenue in Western Springs. 708-246-2383. If needed, Diane and Bruce will pick up your donations from your front porch.