Upcoming Events

Can Do Community Challenge

Date: Sunday, March 1st - Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Location: Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry Community


Are YOU ready for a Challenge?

Can Do Community Challenge is a local hunger relief campaign sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

March 1st - April 30th

Inspired by the Feinstein Challenge*, Can Do Community Challenge is designed to raise awareness about hunger and encourage schools, organizations, congregations and individuals to become more involved with the Food Pantry by holding a Spring food drive or by making a donation.

A Challenge Corp (local group of philanthropists) has challenged the Food Pantry to collect 100,000 in monetary and goods donations. This provides an incentive to donate by increasing the impact of donations. If we reach our 100,000 goal, the Challenge Corp will donate an additional $25,000 to Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

Help raise awareness about hunger in our community by donating monetary and goods donations between March 1st and April 30th.

Your Donation CAN Make A Difference

Help us reach our 100,000 goal!

- Can Do Community Challenge: AT A GLANCE
- Important Information for Schools
- Can Do Community Challenge Flyer
- Can Do Community Challenge Logo can be provided upon request

NOTE: Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry participated in the Feinstein Challenge (a national hunger relief campaign) for the past 7 years. On January 6th 2015, Feinstein Foundation announced they suspension of the Feinstein Challenge to concentrate efforts on the Feinstein Jr. Scholars. The Feinstein Challenge generated over $2.5 billion nationally in its effort to fight hunger.

Economy Shop Sale Dates (through June 2015)

Date: Thursday, April 30th - Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Location: The Economy Shop

103 S. Grove, Oak Park IL

The Economy Shop isn’t your everyday thrift store. They are an event…with 15 departments…spanning 3 floors…loaded with eco-friendly, vintage and brand new treasures.

Since 1919, local volunteers have sorted, shelved and sold a variety of donated merchandise at The Economy Shop for the benefit of local charities. Each charity provides volunteers for a given department at The Economy Shop on Sale Days. Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry has been selected to be one of the lucky beneficiaries! That means the Food Pantry will receive a portion of The Economy Shops sales proceeds in exchange of providing volunteers. The Food Pantry’s department is Men’s Casual Wear, but all the charities split the proceeds from the entire store. So shop all over!

Sale Dates
Thursday 4/30: 3pm - 7pm

Thursday 5/7: 9am - 3pm
Saturday 5/16: 9am - 3pm
Saturday 5/30: 9am - 3pm

Thursday 6/4: 9am - 3pm
Saturday 6/13: 9am - 3pm

Mark your calendars and happy shopping!

23rd Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Time: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Location: Local Community

All donations from Oak Park and River Forest will directly benefit our Food Pantry.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is again set for its traditional second Saturday in May—May 9. The drive is the nation’s largest single-day food collection effort—last year, it gathered 72.5 million pounds of food, the 11th consecutive year the drive surpassed 70 million pounds, bringing the total to more than 1.3 billion pounds since the national drive began in 1992.

On the second Saturday of May, residents are asked to put out by their mailboxes bags of non-perishable food donations, which letter carriers will collect as they deliver mail along their postal routes. The goods are then sorted and distributed to local food banks and pantries in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states as well as U.S. jurisdictions.

Hunger Walk

Date: Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Time: 7:59AM - 10:59AM
Location: Soldier Field


The 30th Annual Hunger Walk will take place June 20, 2015 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Join us as we proclaim that No 1 Should Go Hungry in our community!

The Food Pantry will have a team of walkers participating in the 5K (3.1 mile) event.

Save the date and look for more details coming your way in April.