The Foundation Donates $10,000 to Three Local Food Pantries

The Des Plaines Community Foundation donated $10,000 to local area food pantries. The donation was split between three food pantries.

“During these hard times all food pantries are pressed for help with so many people out of work,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation. “People are struggling in this economy and food pantries are a very necessary and important factor to some resident’s lives. The Foundation Trustees voted unanimously to donate.”

Argus’ first stop was to present the Elk Grove Township Pantry with a $2,500 donation. Sandy Nowak the pantry coordinator accepted the donation.

“I am going shopping to restock the shelves,” said Nowak. “We are very low on supplies and this is very much appreciated,” said Nowak. “We use our donations to buy ground beef, hot dogs or chicken nuggets or patties for residents.”


The second stop for Argus was the Self Help Closet and Pantry of Des Plaines where she presented Debbie Walusiak with a $5,000 donation.

“We usually help 800 to 1,000 residents a month,” said Walusiak. “We are extremely grateful to be recipients of what Rosemary Argus and the Foundation does for the community. They do very generous work.”

According to Walusiak, summer is the slow season for food donation and they appreciate residents keeping the Self Help Closet and Pantry in mind for donations.

Argus and Alderman Dick Sayad presented Carol Teschky Maine Township Supervisor with a donation of $2,500. “The generous donation will be used to purchase much needed food for individuals and families in need,” said Teschky.