Sixteen DuPage County food pantries receive funds from county board

An electrical problem has forced the temporary closing of Pantry Store at the West Suburban Community Pantry in Woodridge. Cash donations are sought to replace food lost. (Courtesy of West Suburban Community Pantry)

The DuPage County Board voted Tuesday to allocate almost $1 million to 16 food pantries to assist with vehicles, capital equipment and technology purchases.

In August 2023, the county established the Local Food Pantry Infrastructure Investment Program to provide funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to food pantries. The funds will assist with capital equipment purchases that help the pantries store, package and deliver food or essential commodities. Funds also may be used for information technology investments for data collection, reporting or for issuing payments.

“These targeted investments will make it easier to get fresh food to the neediest residents in our county quickly, provide important resources to local pantries and strengthen our food distribution network for decades to come,” Human Services Committee Chair Greg Schwarze said in a news release.

The following food pantries received funds through the program:

• Bensenville Wood Dale Food Pantry – $109,251

Downers Grove Area Fish, Inc. – $50,000

Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry – $25,000

• Glen House Food Pantry – $91,715

• HCS Family Services – $29,050

• ICNA Relief USA Programs – $79,500

• Interfaith Food Pantry, Inc. – $9,669

• Lisle Township Food Pantry – $108,491

• Loaves & Fishes Community Services – $31,407

• Milton Township Food Pantry – $75,000

• Neighborhood Food Pantries – $23,255

• People’s Resource Center – $145,565

• The Outreach House – $25,588

• The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace – $13,104

• Wayne Township Food Pantry – $7,960

• West Suburban Community Pantry – $86,117

For more information on the program, visit the county’s website.

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