Past Meetup

Sort and distribute food for Lakeview Pantry West, Saturday morning, Northside

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Come help feed low income families in need of food in the Lakeview neighborhood. We will be sorting donated produce from local grocery stores, and then distribute them to clients at the second half of the project.

Our volunteer team will help unload 1200 to 2000 pounds of donated food from a delivery van and bring them down 1 flight of stairs to the basement pantry. Average weight for the bags and boxes are around 20 to 40 pounds. We work in teams so you do not need to lift anything heavier than you feel comfortable doing. We will then weight and sort the food and prepare them for distribution to the pantry’s clients, that takes place later that night. Please dress in comfortable clothes, no open toe shoes as you may have to deal with heavy cans and boxes that may fall near your feet. Dress as if you are going to the gym for a light workout. If you are not capable of heavy lifting, we will do our best to accommodate you with other tasks that are not as physically demanding. There will be need for volunteers to organize and sort small and light items on shelves. The work we will be doing is very important. You will directly be helping feed over 300 people that may otherwise go hungry for the week. These includes children and at risk seniors.

This is a Saturday morning project lasting 3.5 hours, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Lakeview Pantry West is located at 1414 W. Oakdale Ave, Chicago IL, 60657. This is not their main pantry on Broadway. It is near the intersection of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington. Lakeview Pantry West is located in the basement of a red brick building, behind the Athenaeum theater. It is not under the main church. Please ignore any signs about the gymnasium entrance being moved, as it doesn’t affect our Pantry location.

You can find driving and public transportation directions with this Google map link:

There is a parking lot on Southport and Oakdale. Lakeview Pantry can provide you with a permit for your windshield so you can park for free. You can find limited free parking on the side streets as well.