Hillside Pantry News


Ten Thousand Villages
Shopping Event for
Hillside Food Pantry

Sunday, Dec 13, 2:00-5:00



Once again Ten Thousand Villages, at 719 Main Street in Evanston, is holding a community shopping event to benefit Hillside Food Pantry! Come find holiday gifts for everyone on your list and support fair-trade and Hillside Food Pantry at the same time.


Choose from beautiful jewelry, scarves, soaps & spa items, coffee, tea, chocolate, home decor, clothing, baby & children’s gifts and more — all produced by local and international artisans who are paid fair trade prices for their work.

Up to 15% of proceeds from purchases during this event will be donated to Hillside Food Pantry!

Help us pass the word and invite your family and friends to join us!


Greetings during this joyous holiday season!  First and foremost, thank you to each and everyone of you for the tireless and countless hours you have devoted to Hillside Food Pantry.  We are blessed to have many volunteers who have been with us for years and who come several days every week to help unload and put away food. The commitment of all of our volunteers Is a vital part of what makes our pantry stand out in excellence — a powerful combination of compassion, organization, generosity and hard work!

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We have also been consistently blessed with support from numerous donors, from the food stores that give us food on a weekly basis (Jewel Foods, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Mariano’s) to the students, staff and community members who put on the annual Empty Bowls event at Evanston Township High School, St. Athanasius School families and staff who held an ambitious school-wide food drive, and Northwestern University student leaders of the Dance Marathon who pitched in to gather donations at the Evanston Farmers Market, to list a few.

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Countless people, churches, community groups and organizations have lent their support our efforts and become a part of the incredible outreach Hillside Food Pantry has become.  We depend on this wide-spread community support to do what we do: provide healthy food on a weekly basis to people in need, treating them with dignity, respect and compassion out of our love for God.

At this time of year, we know that you receive numerous appeals for financial support.  We are grateful for financial contributions of any amount.  We are a completely volunteer-run and volunteer-staffed pantry, so virtually every dollar you donate will be used to buy food and pay for our operating expenses, from the costs of running our refrigerators and freezers to fuel for the pantry truck. We can also buy food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository for a fraction of the cost most people spend for food drives, so we encourage you to consider making a monetary donation if you are thinking of donating food — your dollar can go a lot further and feed more of those in need.

Thank you once again on behalf of the people who have received the 20,807+ bags of food that you have helped give away this year.  May God bless each and every one of you and your families,


Maiya Lueptow, Director


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