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Salem Food Pantry
Regular hours . . .
Tuesdays 9:00-11:45 am
Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 pm
Wow! What a week at the pantry- we greeted 97 families this week and helped fill in the gaps in their own pantries.
Now it’s time to restock our own!
Our hearty food pantry crew distributed 80 holiday dinners on December 19th. We’ll worth braving the cold! Thanks to Jewel in Sycamore and all the shoppers who donated at the registers!
Tuesday was Christmas at the pantry! A huge thank you to our new friends from Cortland-
Brianna, Peyton, Morgan, and Landon made a special trip to the grocery store and filled their Grandma’s car with wonderful items for our families. Thank you for being so thoughtful and generous!! We love your community spirit!
And thank you to Sandi and Angela for encouraging and supporting your kids.
Thank you to the confirmation students who sorted, shelved, and stocked all of the food collected in our “Blessing Bags”. Amazing help! And our shelves are full!
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!
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!
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. (www.midwestdairy.com). 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:
Pasta Sauce (plastic/cans)
Canned Fruit & Vegetables
Rice (plain white or side dishes)
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
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!
1145 DeKalb Avenue
Liz Ezell, Director
Jewel/Osco - Sycamore