The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is an ecumenical endeavor of Glen Ellyn churches who cooperate in providing food and volunteers to serve people in need who reside in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol Stream, Lisle, and Glendale Heights.
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry began in the spring of 1979 when the high school youth group of Grace Lutheran Church collected food for people in need, and it continued to grow from there. Today, the Pantry operates independently of the church, but is housed in its building. The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry was incorporated in 1985 and is currently supported by 15 Sponsoring Glen Ellyn churches.
Each of the Sponsoring Churches is represented on the pantry board by one of its members. Each board member works in the pantry, is responsible for coordinating additional volunteers and arranging food drives through their church.
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is run by nine part-time staff members and hundreds of volunteers. When not serving clients, they sort and inspect donated food and stock the shelves. Volunteers shop for fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, and personal hygiene items.
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry serves 30,000 individuals and distributes one million pounds of food annually.