The food pantry at Together We Cope
The food pantry is a mainstay of Together We Cope and ensures that no client goes hungry. We purchase food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and continuously receive food donations from generous local businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, and community members.
We also receive food from drives organized by students, individuals, churches, schools, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (formerly World Music Theater and Tweeter Center), the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Boy Scouts of America—which helps to keep our shelves stocked during lean months. If you or your organization would like to host a food drive for Together We Cope please contact Gordon Collins at 708-633-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations of the following staples are always needed at the pantry: peanut butter and jelly, pasta and noodles; beans, cereals, canned meats, canned tuna, canned soups, Ramen soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and rice in one-pound packages. Click the following link for a downloadable list of pantry staples that are always needed at TWC. [Downloadable list of TWC Pantry staples]. Food donations should be brought to the rear door of Together We Cope (west side of building; on the alley). Pick-ups are available for large food donations. To schedule a pick-up for a large food donation contact Gordon Collins at 708-633-5040. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Personal care products donations
Our clients are always in need of toothpaste, shampoo, disposable razors, foot powder, toothbrushes, hair conditioner, deodorant, personal wipes (not baby wipes), baby diapers; especially sizes 4, 5, and 6, bar soap, combs and brushes, body powder (talc, etc.), and shaving cream. Small sizes are better than large.
The pantry distributes food to registered clients of Together We Cope from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; and from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. We are closed on Saturdays. Clients are allowed one food pick-up per month. The amount of food given to a family is based on the number of persons in the household. Persons who live outside of our service area are allowed one bag of emergency food and are also provided with the location of food pantries that service their area of residence. To become a registered TWC food pantry client call 708-633-5040.
School groups, youth groups, and others are encouraged to request a brief tour of our pantry—to see it in operation, or to request an informative off-site presentation given by our pantry manager. Contact Gordon Collins at 708-633-5040 or by e-mail at [Request a tour of TWC Pantry].
The pantry is staffed by a large group of volunteers led by three licensed food handlers. Volunteers are always welcome to work a few hours a week in the food pantry. If you would like to volunteer please schedule an interview by clicking this link [Volunteering at Together We Cope].