In times of uncertainty such as these, the staff of the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry has seen the best emerge from people in the Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood communities.

As executive director of the food pantry, I can say that we are overwhelmed with gratitude for those who have asked in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, “How can I help?”

The best way people can help our community’s 1,500 most-vulnerable neighbors right now is by making a monetary donation to the food pantry.

While food donations are appreciated and accepted, monetary donations will go much further because we purchase food in large lot sizes from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and from local vendors at bulk rates or at cost with no sales tax. Please remember that you make our work possible, and we can’t do what we do without you.

Your one-time gift or monthly recurring gift during the COVID-19 crisis will provide critically needed emergency food assistance for our community’s vulnerable neighbors in need. It takes just $20 to provide a full emergency meal for a needy family in the 60643 or 60655 ZIP codes.

The Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry has been feeding our community’s hungry neighbors for over 37 years, and our community always rises to every challenge; this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception!

Our neighborhood residents know how to get really hard things done. Rest assured that, every day, I am passionately driven by our motto: “Feeding the Hungry Amongst Us—Since 1983.”

During these challenging times of the COVID-19 virus, we are committed to the safety of our volunteers and of our neighbors visiting the food pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., for emergency food assistance. Since the onset of the pandemic, hundreds of neighbors, both pedestrians and in cars, have lined-up outside of the food pantry, in its parking lot and on Longwood Drive waiting to receive emergency assistance food—and the lines continue to grow!

Many local food pantries are closed or will close. However, our food pantry will remain open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1 to 3 p.m., to feed our hungry neighbors in need!

Thank you for your support. Your generosity makes a real difference during the COVID-19 crisis.

Karen Overstreet