Pantry Pulse Fall 2018

More Than Food

One of the most impactful – if least visible – programs offered at Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry is Social Services Connection.  Tucked away in a cube down the hall from the Pantry, Amanda Kuhn, Social Services Coordinator, meets one-on-one with people seeking help applying for public benefits, such as SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Medicare Savings, and Benefit Access.   She also helps people obtain certain identification documents. 

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Leveraging the Power of Volunteers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and four partner Blue Cross Blue Shield plans have set an ambitious goal: reach 1 million volunteer hours by 2021. Lucky for us, they're doubling-down on efforts to encourage employees to use their Volunteer Matching Dollars program. 

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Doing the "Right Thing"

One of Vickie Engelhardt’s enduring memories as a Pantry volunteer is the first time she worked to register new clients.

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Meet George

No Matter the obstacle, George and his family face it head-on. George, his wife Adelina, and his stepson Nicholas face challenges head-on, not afraid to seek-out resources that will make their lives easier. Since being referred to the Pantry by Oak Park Township, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry has been one of these resources. 

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