Food Pantry

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Description of Ministry – Mission and Goals

Our parish food pantry is a welcoming, dependable source of nutritious food, respect and social contact to the food insecure of our community. Most of the food is supplied from the from the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). However, we do supplement with donations from parishioners and purchase needed items.

Volunteer Tasks

Distributing Food Every Saturday

  • Every Saturday from 9:00am to 9:30am, volunteers set up the distribution site in the Gathering Space to allow guests to choose from products that meet their needs/tastes.

  • From 9:30am to 11:30am, volunteers guide guests through their shopping experiences.

  • Students are welcome to participate on Saturdays with a parent or responsible adult; they can earn service hours for volunteering.

Receiving and Stocking Food Every Thursday

  • The GCFD truck arrives at St Teresa's between 10:00am to 12:00pm on Thursdays.

  • Volunteers gather in the Parish Center to bag produce and load carts for Saturday distribution. The work takes from 9:30am to 12:00pm depending on arrival time of the truck.

Other Ways to Help

  • Donate non-perishable food, toiletries, doubled paper shopping bags. Collection baskets for non-perishables are in the Gathering Space. Please check the expiration dates of non-perishable foods as we cannot take food that is expired.

  • Make a monetary donation on to St Teresa's Food Pantry.

  • Support the annual Food Pantry fundraiser by participation in the GCFD June Hunger Walk either by walking or making a donation.

People to Contact for More Information

Amy Long at (Food Pantry Coordinator)
Mairead Reidy at (GCFD and Stocking Coordinator)

History of Our Food Pantry


Amy Long