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Please call the Salem Office 815 895-9171 if you are going to provide something for the meal. This will help us ensure that we have all the bases covered.

Hello Salem!

Thank you for partnering with Grace Place on providing a meal for our Wednesday evenings. We are grateful for your partnering with us and I know our students enjoy every meal that is provided. Please read through this email as there have been some major changes in our ministry for this fall.

Salem has signed up to provide a meal on October 12th (as well as November 9th), we ask that the meal be brought to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (900 Normal Rd) between 6 pm and 6:30 pm. Please come around to the back of the building to door 5 (follow the signs for the Parish Office), there is a loading zone that you will be able to park in close to the door.

This fall we are having worship at 6 pm and then eating around 6:30 pm, you are more than welcome to join us for worship and our meal. There will be someone in the building for  Grace Place beginning around 5 pm each week if you need or want to drop things off early, just please let me know.

Right now we are asking our meal providers to plan food for 10 people, it’s hard to know from week to week how many students are coming but we know that our students love to take leftovers home.

Currently, we do not have any students who are regularly coming with food allergies or special diets. If you have any questions or need help figuring out meal ideas, please let me know.

The folks who bring the food, and anyone from the congregation, are welcome to come for worship and stay for dinner, we truly mean all are welcome.

If you have any questions please let me know, we look forward to October 12th.


Pastor Mack

Salem provides volunteers and/or support to many ministries - both local and across the world. Here is a sampling: Hope Haven, Safe Passage, We Care Pregnancy Center, “Angel Tree” for Avancer House (Genoa), Meals On Wheels, Salem Food Pantry, Social Justice / Global Missions Team, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, ELCA World Hunger, and Lutheran World Relief.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."

(Hebrews 13:2)

Salem Food Pantry

Regular hours . . .

  Tuesdays 9:00-11:45 am

  Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 pm

A huge thank you to Kunes Hyundai of Sycamore for donating over 3500 pounds of food packed by their staff! What an amazing example of community spirit.  And thank you to Dave Benson, Lila Ezell, and Bob, Julie, Max & Jules Breidenbach for transporting all of that food!

A huge thank you to Joel Barczak and Kate Pearson and everyone at Blumen Gardens. We are so grateful for their donation of food and funds collected from generous community members at their annual Vintage and Maker Market!  What a wonderful show of community spirit and support!

A huge thank you to one of our youngest supporters. Remy Lynd enlisted his grandparents, Gerry and Debbie Benson, to help bring his food donation to Salem’s pantry after asking his friends to bring food instead of presents to his birthday party and after Grandma took him shopping with his birthday money. He bought buy all the necessities an 8-year- old knows we all need: jelly, Mac and cheese, ketchup, mustard, hot dogs, buns and oatmeal! Thank you Remy!!

Pantry volunteers embraced the cold temperatures Monday morning and handed out 136 Thanksgiving dinners!

Thanks to Jewel-Osco, Sycamore for contributing all of these meals purchased with the donations made by their customers. A true community effort!!

And thanks to the teenagers who got up early on their holiday break to lead the team: Lily and Anna Baker, Sabrina and Lila Ezell, and Max and Jules Breidenbach.

Just another fun morning if produce sorting at the pantry!  You never new bananas and potatoes could be so much fun!

Here is a picture of Gerry and Dave Benson lending their help to pack peanut butter packets!

A huge thank you to Salem. Your support of this ministry has never been stronger and more meaningful. Your support means we can meet the needs of families who come to our doors. As volunteers, all of us are privileged to spread the love of Christ to our neighbors — we could not do it without all of you.

 Thank You . . .

 Thank you to everyone at Salem for their support - donations of

 time, money, and prayers.  You have made this possible.

 A special thanks to the volunteers who sort through all of the food donated by Jewel to make sure it's ready for our families!

Pipestone Veterinary Services presented Salem Food Pantry with a $1,000. Pipestone serves primarily the pig farming community locally and nationwide. Here is Salem member and Pipestone veterinarian Dr. Wesley Lyons presenting the check to Salem Food Pantry Coordinator Liz Ezell. Thank you Pipestone! 

The new refrigerator arrived and is ready to go for Salem Food Pantry!

A huge thank you to the Midwest Dairy Association and local farmer, Bill Deutsch, for nominating Salem's food pantry to receive their Community Relief Grant. We are thrilled to receive a brand-new, commercial-grade refrigerator to stock with dairy. Midwest Dairy represents 6,500 hardworking dairy farm families throughout the Midwest. ( Their help significantly expands our capacity to provide fresh, healthy dairy products to all of the families we serve.

Liz Ezell and Sabrina Ezell with Jan Kuntz. Salem Food Pantry were one of the lucky recipients of Stage Coach Players Food Drive. They received groceries that filled up a car!

What can you do?

You are already doing so much. Donations of food and funds from our Salem family are keeping our shelves full; we are inspired and encouraged by your generosity. Still, your help remains critical as we expect the demand for food to increase. Checks can be made payable to Salem Lutheran Church with “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Food donations are also welcome, especially of the items we cannot currently buy from the Food Bank:

  • Peanut Butter

  • Pasta Sauce (plastic/cans)

  • Canned Fruit & Vegetables

  • Rice (plain white or side dishes)

  • Boxed Potatoes

  • Canned Fruit

  • Canned Meat (tuna, chicken) Salem

Salem Food Pantry, founded in 2000.

It serves all DeKalb County residents.  Please bring a photo ID like a Driver's License
and a recent bill with your current address on it.

Volunteer opportunities are available and donations of food and paper products are always appreciated.

We are looking for help on a variety of tasks at the Pantry – from being a substitute pickup driver to deliver food from Jewel to help stocking our shelves. Available tasks vary depending on the day: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays.
Call the office at 815-895-9171

Tuesday 9:00-11:45 a.m. Wednesday 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Salem Food Pantry
1145 DeKalb Avenue
Liz Ezell, Director
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Jewel/Osco - Sycamore