Food pantries are experiencing a significant increase in the number of clients they serve. There are several ways that you can reach out and serve our vulnerable sisters and brothers at this time.
Donate to SJC for Area Food Pantries
Our church narthex is typically overflowing with grocery bags filled with food donations. Since we cannot accept donations at this time, the local pantries would greatly benefit from monetary donations allowing them to make purchases from the Chicago Food Depository. Checks can be made to St. John of the Cross Parish and note "Food Pantry".
Bring Food to St. Cletus, LaGrange
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.
Bring Food to St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange
St. 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 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.
Buy a Mask to Benefit St. Cletus Food Pantry
Since the end of March, Marilyn Montgomery and friends have been sewing adult and children’s masks to raise money for the St. Cletus food pantry. $6,431 has been donated through this project. The suggested donation is $7 per mask. Make your donation to St. Cletus online and send your receipt to Marilyn at email@example.com and she will make arrangements for you to pick up your mask(s) at her home. Update: Adults masks are sold out, but children's masks are still available.
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Mask Making Instructions can be found on our Volunteer Opportunities Page.