Elk Grove Township Plans Expanded Services in New Location

This model allows individuals to ‘self-select’ items, instead of receiving pre-packaged food. Since everyone’s tastes are different, those who utilize the food pantry will be able to choose their preferred food selections, and the Township will be able to better manage ordering and inventory, all of which will lead to less waste. Additional space in the new location will accommodate a commercial walk-in refrigerator and freezer section, allowing the Township to accept more donations–including those of fresh fruits and vegetable. In the current building, these donations have to be turned away due to the lack of space and facilities. “It can be very challenging and a matter of pride for people to admit they are struggling and need help; the food pantry is open to all Elk Grove Township residents and can provide a hand up to assist them during difficult times,” said Elk Grove Township Supervisor Mike Sweeney. Upon utilizing the food pantry, individuals meet with a Township caseworker to verify residency, and to determine challenges that have caused them to need to utilize this assistance. Additional services through the Township, including home energy bill relief through LIHEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program), the employment center, counseling services and more, can be offered to help the individual, as well as family members, if needed. “We are proud to take a holistic approach to help address the challenges that people experience in life. Our staff works to get to the root of the problem, in an effort to ultimately empower people,” Sweeney said. The planned expansion of the food pantry is made possible in part by generous donations made through the Elk Grove Township Community Empowerment Fund, a 501(c)3 that that helps to provide emergency assistance for residents when needed. The Township is seeking corporate donors and local businesses to join this program. Please call 847-437-0300 and ask for Paul Pioch or Lisa Menich. The new Elk Grove Township location is the result of a consolidation effort to bring all services provided by the Township under one roof, which previously have been provided in different buildings. The goal is not only to lower the cost of operations, but also to improve the services offered to Township residents. For more information, visit elkgrovetownship.com.

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