November ’15 Food and Household Supplies Drive!

It’s that time of year again…. time for the NFPN’s holiday donation drive! It will run from November 1-30, 2015.

This year we are focusing on food staples, essential kitchen items and other household supplies. Typically, food pantries and hot meal programs are able to provide families in need with produce, bread, canned goods and other non-perishables. However, they are rarely able to provide the kitchen essentials needed to prepare these foods, such as pots and pans, cooking oil and spices. They also rarely receive other crucial family items such as hygiene products, baby and senior citizen essentials, and pet food for the service animals of disabled clients.

That’s where you come in!

Donate items by contacting Megan Hinchy at megan [at] whpdevelopmentcouncil.net. Or, if you’d rather contribute a few dollars towards the purchase of these goods, check out our GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/novembernfpn

 

Our wishlist of most needed items:

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner etc.)
Disposable Kitchen Goods (Plates, Cups, Bowls, Napkins, Utensils etc)
Trash Bags, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent
Feminine Products
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol, spray, bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult) and Baby Wipes
Kitchen Items New or Used (Can Openers, Pots, Pans, Spoons, Spatulas etc)
Pet Food (for service animals)

ESSENTIALS
Cooking Oil (olive, canola, vegetable etc)
Sugar
Salt/ Pepper
Dry Spices (oregano, thyme, basil etc)
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Marinades (powder or bottled)
Seasoning Packets
Condiments (ketchup, bbq sauce, mustard, teriyaki, balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, mayonnaise)
Bouillon Cubes and Stock
Cooking Sprays

FOOD ITEMS
Rice
Beans (Dry or Can)
Tortillas
Cereal
Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Tomato Sauces and Diced Tomatoes
Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken etc)
Cereal Bars
Pull Top Canned Items
Baby Formula
Ensure

October NFPN Meeting

The next NFPN Meeting is approaching! Anyone is invited to come, regardless of your affiliation with the community or local agencies. It will be a great opportunity to meet people in the community with a passion for food security work, receive training and information on food- and hunger- related topics, and share resources within the community. The meeting will be held at:

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00-11:30am
Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel
5018 W Armitage, Chicago, IL

Please also note that there has been a change of leadership in the NFPN. Any questions or concerns about the NFPN should be directed to Rachel Bhagwat, Community Engagement Coordinator at La Casa Norte, rachel@lacasanorte.org or 773-276-4900 x214.

February Food Drive – For the LOVE of Food Security

NFPN is hosting a February Food Drive throughout the entire month at the following locations:

Cafe Ballou, 939 N Western
Flying Saucer, 1123 N California
The Brown Sack, 3581 W Belden
Pro-Holistic Care Physical Medicine, 4750 N Rockwell
Barbara&Barbara, 2925 W Diversey
No Manches Clothing Co., 1800 W. 18th St

Download and share the food drive flier here: NFPN Food Drive Flyer- February

NFPN Flying Saucer Flier Final

Also during the month of February, one of our local business partners, Flying Saucer, will be supporting the network by hosting a Brunch Fundraiser for us on Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23. You can download the flier here: NFPN Brunch Fundraiser 2014

NFPN’s Holiday Food Drive: December 2013

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This holiday season, NFPN is working with different community partners to ensure that everyone has access to one of our most essential needs: food.

During this month of December, the Northwest Food Partners Network is holding a “Holiday” Food Drive, as a way to address food insecurity in our community. More than 43,000 residents within NFPN’s service areas experience food insecurity, meaning they’re uncertain about where their next meal will come from. NFPN believes that we should work collaboratively to ensure that everyone has access to food— during the Holiday season and always.

While we already have some secured business partners, we are still looking for local businesses, organizations and schools to join in this food security effort. Here are some ways that you can become involved:

  • Schools and community organizations can hold contests to generate donations of non-perishable food items and emergency non-food items, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies.
  • Local businesses can hold a bin to collect non-perishables or collect monetary donations at their registers, which would directly go to emergency food providers to be able to purchase food for distribution.
  • Grocery stores can donate salvage produce.

WISH LIST OF MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

FOOD ITEMS

  • RICE
  • BEANS   (DRY OR CAN)
  • TORTILLAS
  • CEREAL
  • CEREAL/GRANOLA BARS (SNACKS)
  • FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

NON FOOD ITEMS

  • TOILETRIES (TOOTH BRUSH/PASTE, DEODORANT, SOAP ETC.)
  • LAUNDRY DETERGENT
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES (LYSOL SPRAY AND BLEACH ETC.)
  • DIAPERS (BOTH CHILD AND ADULT)
  • FEMININE PRODUCTS

If you are interested in participating, please contact NFPN’s Co-Chairs:

SARAH FINKEL (773) 276-4900 EXT. 214

sarah@lacasanorte.org

CASEY NUNES (630) 440-1904

casey.nunes1@gmail.com

NFPN’s lead agency is La Casa Norte. La Casa Notre’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. The organization provides access to stable housing and delivers comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. La Casa Norte dreams of a world where all people have dignity, communities thrive and everyone belongs. NFPN is funded through Chicago Community Trust.

NFPN’s Summer Food Drive

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As our last days of summer are filled with barbecues and picnics, NFPN is working to ensure everyone has enough food to enjoy this time of year.

So, in honor of Hunger Action Month, NFPN is organizing our end-of-summer 2013 Food Drive during the month of September! Currently, over 43,000 residents with NFPN’s service areas experience food insecurity, meaning they are unsure when they will get their next meal. NFPN members believe that everyone has a right to have consistent access to sufficient quantity and quality of safe, nutritionally adequate and culturally relevant food. You can be a part of this effort!

We are looking for local businesses, organizations and schools to join in this effort of bringing food security to our communities. This can happen in a variety of ways:

  • Schools and community organizations can hold contests to generate donations of non-perishable food items and emergency non-food items, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies.
  • Local businesses can invite NFPN to table in their stores or collect monetary donations at their registers which would directly go to emergency food providers to be able to purchase food for distribution.
  • Community Gardens can coordinate harvest days with NFPN co-chairs to be directly donated to emergency food providers – food pantries and hot meal programs.
Here is a wish list of most needed items:
Food items
Rice
Beans   (dry or can)
Tortillas
Cereal
Cereal/granola bars (snacks)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Non food items
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap etc.)
Laundry Detergent
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol spray and bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult)
Feminine Products

Please visit our Current Partners page for a listing of organizations that will benefit from the Summer Food Drive.

If you are interested in participating, please contact NFPN’s Co-Chairs:

Sarah Finkel (773) 276-4900 ext. 214
sarah@lacasanorte.org
Casey Nunes (630) 440-1904
Casey.nunes1@gmail.org

NFPN’s lead agency is La Casa Norte. La Casa Notre’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. They provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. La Casa Norte dreams of a world where all people have dignity, communities thrive and everyone belongs. NFPN is funded through Chicago Community Trust.

Join NFPN partners for GCFD’s 28th Annual Hunger Walk!

Each year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository organizes their annual citywide fundraiser for their member agencies of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The purpose of the Hunger Walk is to promote awareness of the issue of hunger in our communities and support our emergency food providers (EFPs) by helping them purchase food. For each walker GCFD member agencies bring to the Hunger Walk, they will receive $12 in their GCFD account. With $12, EFPs are able to buy 9 half gallons of milk, 12 jars of peanut butter, or 24 cans of mixed fruit! Bring your friends and family to assist with increasing this capacity.

NFPN is supporting our GCFD member agencies within our network by recruiting walkers for this event. Limited transportation options are available from the GCFD member agencies to Solider Field and returning back after the walk. The 5k (3.1 miles) walk is more of a picnic with various informational tables and music. This is a great event to participate in and directly benefit ensuring those who are experiencing food insecurity are able to get the valuable resources they need. Currently, 47,000 residents are food insecure within NFPN’s service areas, meaning that they are unsure when or where they will get their next meal.

NFPN will be able to connect you with a specific GCFD member agency to walk on behalf of and coordinate transportation (on a first-come, first-served basis) with them. The Hunger Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 in Soldier Field. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and step-off is at 8:30 a.m. To register, please complete this form:

If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to contact:

Sarah Finkel, NFPN co-chair | sarah@lacasanorte.org | 773-276-4900 ext. 214

Casey Nunes, NFPN co-chair | Casey.nunes1@gmail.com | 630-440-1904

See you at the Walk!

NFPN’s Spring Food Drive

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The following businesses are drop-off locations for the

Northwest Food Partner’s Network 2013 Spring Food Drive!

Knockbox Cafe, 1001 N. California

Cafe Con Leche (Bucktown), 1732 N. Milwaukee

Adams and Son Gardens, 1057 N. California Avenue

Dill Pickle Food Co-op, 3039 W. Fullerton Ave.

Wish List of Most Needed Items

Food items
Rice
Beans   (dry or can)
Cereal
Cereal/granola bars (snacks)
Any non-perishable goods
Non food items
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap etc.)
Laundry Detergent
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol spray and bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult)
Feminine Products

If your organization, business or group is interested in participating in the 2013 NFPN Spring Food Drive, or have items that you wish to donate, please contact the NFPN coordinator, Sarah Finkel at sarah@lacasanorte.org or call 773-276-4900 ext 214.

See our partners section to see which food pantries and hot meal programs will benefit from your support! Also visit our Facebook Page to see our current happenings and events!