Note: On July 14, 2018, Food For Friends sponsored a Mobile Food Pantry event at The Chapel Church, Lake Zurich, partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We sponsor these Food Pantry events a number of times throughout the year. Thanks to Food For Friends Board Member Ken Rasbid for sending in the article below and you can see all the photos from the event on our Facebook Page via the photo album titled 2018-Jul 14 Chapel Church of Lake Zurich.
Through the both financial and volunteer support of Food For Friends, there were 149 families that received a week’s worth of much-needed groceries on July 14 at The Chapel Lake Zurich.
While rain clouds threatened to dampen the day, it became clear during the team huddle before the event began that this would be a special day. Comprised of some first-time and many long-time volunteers, our support group that quickly came together and worked like team that had served together for years as they mobilized around final setup items to prepare for food distribution.
As our guests arrived, they were invited into the lobby with a warm welcome where they registered for the morning. While they enjoyed a light breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods, juice and coffee, our amazing volunteers took advantage of the time to connect relationally and provide encouragement, until their number was called to shop for groceries.
Other volunteers assisted in the experience, where they pushed the shopping cart and walked with our guests around the truck to select food that best met the nutriional requirements of their respective families.
Through our support of these Mobile Food Pantries, Food For Friends helps families take the money they would have spent on groceries and use it to pay other bills, like clothing, housing costs or utilities. Volunteers left that day knowing they had helped to make a huge impact on the lives of others by providing hope to many in desperate need of a light at the end of the tunnel.
Food For Friends is thankful for the support and partnership with The Chapel of Lake Zurich and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Combined we make for a great team and it is a tremendous honor to be in community with organizations who are focused on making a compelling difference in so many lives!