The Des Plaines Community Foundation presented Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry with an early holiday gift of $5,000 on November 22nd at the Maine Township board meeting in Park Ridge.
The $5,000 check was presented by Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation, and Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan.
“At this time of year all food pantries are pressed for help with so many people out of work,” said Argus.
The Foundation raises funds to identify, link and mobilize assets to support the service programs of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership Programs whose activities improve the lives of those that live and work in Des Plaines.
Some of the programs include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program Committee; Healthy Community/Healthy Youth Program Committee; Intergenerational Program Committee, and Seasons of Service Program Committee.
The Foundation has no paid employees and is 100-percent volunteer. Foundation is a 501c3 organization and funds are obtained from individuals, businesses, and corporate tax-deductable contributions as well as from other foundations.
“The generous donation will be used to purchase much needed food for individuals and families in need,” said Carol Teschky, Maine Township Supervisor.
“We buy frozen turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas time as well as stuffing and cranberry sauce. We will put this donation to good use. Thank you to the Foundation for thinking of us,” Teschky said.
Since January of 2011 the Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry served 2,377 boxes of food which fed 3,564 adults and 1,365 children. For information or to donate money or food, call 847-297-2510.
For more information on the Des Plaines Community Foundation or to donate, call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932.