More residents are utilizing the Food Pantry each month and the Township is taking steps to meet growing community needs.

The Breanna Keenley Elk Grove Township Food Pantry has seen a continuous spike in the use of its “Clients’ Choice” facility over the last three years and is taking proactive steps to ensure the growing needs can be met. Among the steps being taken are to increase the number of hours the pantry is available to Township residents, to publicize items that are needed to keep the shelves stocked – and for convenience – to offer a new pickup service for larger donations.

The Food Pantry served an average of 522 families each month throughout 2022, which represented a 38% increase compared to 2021. The number of residents who use this valuable service has continued to show an increase through the early part of this year, with an average of 648 families served in January of 2023, indicating a 66% increase compared to January of 2022.

“Services provided through the Food Pantry are vital for many of our community members who are struggling to keep food on the table. We are implementing creative solutions to help ensure we can provide this assistance to everyone who needs it,” said Elk Grove Township Supervisor George Busse. “Generous individuals, businesses, organizations, churches and other groups are invited to help us reach this goal, as we work to assist those experiencing food insecurity.”

Starting in early February, the Food Pantry increased the number of days it is open to four days per week. Appointments are required, and can be made Tuesdays between 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To receive a Food Pantry card, a photo ID and current utility bill are required.

Going forward, the Food Pantry will launch a monthly campaign to increase donations for specific needs. Lists of requested items will be published on the Township Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages, which can be found by searching @elkgrovetownship. February’s campaign is dedicated to more “family-friendly” items targeted to families with small and school-aged children. Requested items include children’s snacks, baby products, diapers, and other personal hygiene products for children.

For individuals or groups who would like to make larger donations, the Township can schedule a pick-up time for convenience. Smaller donations can be dropped off at 600 Landmeier Road, in Elk Grove Village from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., between Monday and Friday.

Monetary donations are also welcome and accepted to fill the gap between what is donated and higher demand items. Checks can be made payable to: “Elk Grove Township Food Pantry” and dropped off/mailed to the Township offices, 600 Landmeier Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007.

Please call 224-265-6111 with any questions and for more information.