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AUGUST 19, 2018

STRONG VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The pantry is looking for a couple of strong individuals to help on Tuesday from 10:00 - 3:00 handling donations and cartons of food. Must be cheerful, cooperative and able to follow directions. Great opportunity for Summer Break volunteer hours. Contact

Annual Events

Stamp Out Hunger - Letter Carriers' Food Drive -- MAY 12, 2018

In May each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) out of our Des Plaines Post Office volunteer their time (and muscles) to collect food from residences on one day. This year, more than 28,000 pounds of food was collected for the Pantry! Thank you to all who donated food and to all who volunteered to help.

6th Annual Putt for the Pantry - August 11, 2018 -- Noon - 4:00PM

This mini-golf and picnic event fundraiser is held at Mountain View Miniature Golf (Algonquin Rd. just west of Wolf Rd. This fun event brings together the community and local sponsors to benefit the Pantry each August. Spread the word at your workplace or to members of your organization.

Watch for details coming your way in late July - early August.

Bears Tailgate Fundraiser

Football season is in full swing in November when volunteers host this fundraiser at Club Casa in Des Plaines. Snacks, beer, wine and a halftime buffet make this a fun event that everyone looks forward to. Watch for details coming your way in October.


Two of our "retired" longtime SHC&P volunteers came to visit on a recent Saturday morning. These lovely ladies are both in their 90s and as sharp as can be, and it was a treat to have them back for a few hours. They were sort of like celebrities that day, with volunteers and longtime clients stopping to chat and to catch up. And, that's when I counted yet another way that our little operation is unique and pretty special. We don't just have "volunteers," we have a "family of volunteers." People that genuinely care about other volunteers and about the clients we serve. We provide food, clothing and (on most days, anyway) compassion and a smile. Yes, we work in tight quarters. And, yes, as a part-time operation we can't single-handedly meet all the needs of our low-income neighbors. But, what we can do is care, and I think we excel at that. If you'd like to learn more about the SHC&P, I encourage you to schedule a visit. If you know someone in Des Plaines that might benefit from our services, please send them our way. I think you'll find our "family" to be quite welcoming.

Debra Walusiak, Executive Director