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Local Agencies

Our local agencies provide a variety of services in our surrounding communities. Food Pantries; Housing and Homeless Services and Soup Kitchens

               25% of all funds raised annually are distributed to our local agencies


Beyond Hunger

For 45 years, Beyond Hunger has helped fight hunger in our community. Last year we provided nutritious groceries to over 50,000 people across 13 zip codes. Our marquee program, the food pantry, operates twice per week. Program participants can utilize our walk-in Community Market or come to our drive-thru to receive pre-packaged boxes with dietary restrictions and cultural preference in mind. We also supply meals to kids when school is not in session and deliver groceries to home bound older adults and those with disabilities. We offer nutrition education and cooking classes and connect clients to income support benefits.

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First Baptist

The pantry serves approximately 150 residents per month in  Melrose Park, Bellwood, Maywood and Elmwood Park.

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Housing Forward

Our mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. We offer a full range of programs and services. The critical work of ending homelessness requires partnerships, interdisciplinary services, community and stakeholder engagement, and cross-sector initiatives that result in collective impact. 

Pine Avenue United Church Emergency Food

Pine Ave Food Pantry

Serves an area in Austin where no other food pantry is available. Working with an all-volunteer staff of 10, they are open on Tuesday mornings. They supply food for 25-35 households each week

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St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry

CROP funds help with the purchase of foods. Hours of service: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays

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Community Fridge

Oak Park Community Fridge is a sharing initiative aiming to reduce food insecurity and food waste, while building a stronger community. Partnering with local stakeholders, we provide healthy food through the installation of community fridges (public refrigerators) throughout Oak Park that are used to share food and ideas at a village level.

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Forest Park Food Pantry

This pantry is supported 100% by free-will donations and the CROP Walk. It supplies food monthly to low income Forest Park residents, as well as special holiday food baskets.

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Learning Edge

Learning Edge (formerly Cluster Tutoring) is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides free one-to-one tutoring to more than 100 students in grades K through 12 who primarily come from the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.  The program was founded in 1990. 

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Proviso Food Pantry

CROP funds help with the purchase and pick-up of food and other supplies for registered families coming from the entire Proviso township. (Over 100 per week)

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