Harvest Week Drive meets West Suburban Community Pantry vacation needs

Harvest week will be celebrated in Woodridge, Lisle, Aurora and Naperville from November 11-18 to collect new unwrapped toys, children’s books and holiday food for neighbors in need who are supported by West Suburban Community Pantry .

The Pantry serves more than 500 families in DuPage County each week, including Naperville, Lisle and Woodridge, as well as the communities of Bolingbrook and Romeoville.

“The need is especially critical during the holidays and bringing joy to struggling families is rewarding for donors and families,” said Lisa Spaeth, Director of Development. “We count on the generosity of our community to help children and families in the area share the security of knowing they have a meal to share and can enjoy the warmth and peace of the holiday season. We are very grateful for your support.

In addition to the new unwrapped toys and books for ages 0-12, items needed include: baby diapers and wipes; canned vegetables; canned potatoes and stuffing mix; canned sauce and cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie or other dessert mixes; or other holiday foods.

The drop-off locations include:

• Downtown Naperville Alliance from 3 pm to 7 pm Thursday, November 11, in the parking lot of the US Bank, 136 S. Washington St. in Naperville;

• Naperville Sunrise Rotary Club 8 am-10am Friday, November 12 at Naperville Country Club, 25W570 Chicago Ave.

• Woodridge Park District Sports Recreation Center, 8201 S. Janes Ave., 7 am to noon on Saturday, November 13;

• Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc Church, 820, rue Division in Lisle, from 7 am to 2 pm on Sunday, November 14;

• First Congregational Church, 25 E. Benton Ave. in Naperville, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, November 15;

• Woodridge Park District Hohnke Community Center, 2600 Center Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16

• Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 Liberty St. in Aurora, 9 am to 1 pm Wednesday, November 17;

• Clara’s Restaurant, 6550 Route 53 in Woodridge, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 18.

Donations are also accepted at the Woodridge Pantry at 6809 Hobson Valley Drive Unit 118, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The West Suburban Community Pantry provides food and resources to those facing hunger, freeing up access to nutritious meals and strengthening hope for tomorrow. Rooted in the community for 50 years, they offer an in-person pantry, virtual pantry, and senior citizen home delivery program to households in DuPage County, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. They also run infant nutrition programs and connect families with financial assistance and free workshops. Every day, the West Suburban Community Pantry moves closer to our vision of a hunger-free community through the support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Together, we feed our community so that everyone has access to the food they need to be successful.

To learn more, visit wscpantry.org and follow www.facebook.com/westsuburbancommunitypantry/ or www.instagram.com/wscpantry/.

Norma P. Rex

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