TWC needs more summer food pantry staples.The food pantry staples needed for TWC’s client families change in the summer when children are home from school and don’t have access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program.

Together We Cope’s food pantry gears up for this annual need by seeking donations of lunchtime food pantry staples for distribution to families in our program. Items most appreciated at this time of year include cereal, oatmeal, soup, crackers, mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Monetary donations are especially appreciated (click here to donate online) because we can purchase groceries from the Greater Chicago Food Depository at greatly reduced prices, stretching food dollars even further. Community food drives, however, remain a staple of TWC’s pantry program and our agency is fortunate to have this kind of citizen support throughout the year.

Got a group? Host a food drive. It’s an easy way for your business, school, church or community group to make a big difference in the community. We can provide a list of groceries we need most. We will drop off bins and pick them up when you’re done. Call our pantry services manager George Rumbaugh at 708-633-5040, ext. 7228. [click here to download a flier you can use]

Host a personal care products drive, or a diaper drive. These items aren’t covered by SNAP benefits (food stamps). When we can provide them, it enables clients to use their own money for rent or mortgage payments and helps them stay in their homes. For a list of toiletries we need most, click here. For a diaper drive flier, click here.

Volunteer in the pantry. Stock shelves, pack grocery bags, even drive our van to pick up food at local stores. To learn more, call Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Trongeau at 708-633-5040, ext. 7221.

Personal care items are needed all through the year. Donations of bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, hand lotion and diapers are greatly appreciated.

Further information on the food pantry is with George Rumbaugh at 708-633-5040 ext. 7228. He can help community groups organize food drives and arrange for pickup of the donated items.