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Today, mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, your community food pantry is now faced with increased emergency-food demand by our community’s vulnerable-household families, which total more than 1,500.

As executive director of the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, I am informing you that the food pantry urgently needs your support.

Even prior to the pandemic, the recent devastating fires and resultant closures of two food pantries in our 60643 service area have substantially increased our food pantry’s visitors count, as those families in need must now visit our community food pantry for their emergency food assistance—placing an additional strain on our resources and logistics.

Both your monetary and dry-goods food donations are needed to help us serve the ever-expanding vulnerable population of people in need.

Every day, regardless of the season, I am passionately driven by our cause: feeding the hungry amongst us.

We are constantly reminded of the fact that 1 in 5 people go hungry in Chicago—including our silent, hurting and hungry neighbors in the Chicago ZIP codes of 60643 and 60655.

It is enormously fulfilling to observe how Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood residents, schools, local organizations and businesses all graciously step up to the call to action with generous monetary gifts and awesome food drives during the Easter season and throughout the year.

Your community food pantry can’t do what it does without your continued support. Together, we all can make significant strides in eliminating the hunger faced by our community’s 1,500 households in need as we deal with the effects of Covid-19.

A special thank-you to community members as you step up to the call to action while we aggressively face the challenges of Covid-19.

Donate now to feed our community’s vulnerable neighbors who are facing hunger.

Please make donations payable to the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry and mail or drop off at 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643-4012. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

For further information call (773) 239-3013, or email me at kkeoverstreet@aol.com.