Looking to volunteer near Bolingbrook for Thanksgiving?
The DuPage Township Food Pantry staffers are expecting a high turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving distribution, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Volunteers are needed to assist with setup and passing out meals at the distribution at the pantry, 719 Parkwood Drive in Romeoville. A boxed Thanksgiving meal including turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables and pie, will be passed out to hundreds of families that day.
Volunteers must pre-register by calling the pantry at 815-886-7986. Volunteers cannot just show up during the distribution.
Can't volunteer but want to donate? WGN will be on hand Tuesday for a food collection drive.
The pantry will accept donations of all kinds but is particularly in need of spaghetti sauce, noodles, boxed mashed potatoes, tuna helper, hamburger helper, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup, coffee and tea.
Toiletries and hygiene items are also needed, Shirley Grzenia, supervisor of the DuPage Township Food Pantry, told Patch last year. “You need to take a shower, but people who are on food stamps [are] not allowed to buy that.”
You can drop off any donation during the Thanksgiving distribution (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The food pantry's need remains high.
To qualify, clients must meet income requirements listed on the pantry’s website and be residents of DuPage Township, which includes parts of Bolingbrook, Romeoville and Naperville.
The DuPage Township Food Pantry’s regular distribution is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Parkwood Drive township building. For more information, visit the food pantry’s website.
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