Donation Drives Scheduled for Friday, May 15 and Friday, May 29
(Orland Township, IL — May 8, 2020) – After holding two highly attended grocery distribution events, Orland Township is now asking for community assistance in restocking the shelves of the Food Pantry, according to the office of Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady.
During the two distribution events, the Township Food Pantry gave out more than 500 boxes packed with perishable and non-perishable grocery items, 500 cases of water, paper towels, toilet paper and a gift cards to residents in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, due to unprecedented food demand because of skyrocketing unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic, food donations go out as quickly as they come into the pantry. Additionally, grocery store donations to the Township Food Pantry have dropped in recent weeks. In order to keep up with demand in this time of uncertainty, Orland Township is asking residents who are able to donate non-perishable food items.
“We were very fortunate to be able to assist so many families during this difficult time,” said Supervisor O’Grady. “We need to be able to keep assisting residents, so we are asking those in the community who are able, to donate to the food pantry so we can help residents keep food on their tables.”
Non-perishable items are needed. Those items include: boxed stuffing, cake mix, boxed/canned broth, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned tuna, cereal, dry potatoes, jelly, mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, soup, and grocery store gift cards.
Residents can also donate to the Orland Township Food Pantry via a virtual food drive. Go to MyFoodDrive.org/#orland_township_pantry to donate.
The Orland Township Food Pantry donation drives will operate as a drive-thru with Township staff coming out to take donations from vehicles. The donation drives will be held Friday, May 15 and Friday, May 29 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, please call the Township at (708) 403-4222, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please click here to see the Food Pantry donation flyer.