Saint James Food Pantry

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Religion, Seniors

Location: 2907 S Wabash Ave. Chicago IL 60616 USA

Mission: St. James Food Pantry provides food to low income families, seniors and the homeless.
Results: The food pantry serves on average 1,500 households per month.
Target demographics: Low income families, Seniors and the Homeless.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 22,000
Geographic areas served: Chicago 60616 and 60605 zip codes
Programs: Food Pantry; Senior Food Delivery; Nutrition Education for Pantry Clients

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I co-chair the annual Jazzin' to Feed event which helps feed close to 2,000 families per month. The food pantry serves the needs of the community regardless of race or religion. As a community we believe our calling is helping others that are in need. Unfortunately, the need continues to rise and we must seek help of others. If you would like to help us at the food pantry by volunteering your time at the pantry or even helping work an event please contact Peter Wawire at 312-842-1919

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I are co-chairs for the Jazzin to Feed event on May 8th, 2011. We are so honored to work with the staff at St. James Food Pantry, they are the kindest people that work with everyone, no matter religion, race or background. They help people, plain and simple.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them gain additional marketing to share their story of how to help people and do it right.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I only went to St. James Food Pantry twice as a volunteer, I decided to go there every Saturday, since saw there's such a great need for many elderly. St. James have a very systematic working process, that food can be given to clients efficiently and without wasting food. Great place to serve that you'll feel love all around you!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My association with the St. James Food Pantry began in 2005 when I was asked to serve on its Social Care Board. From the beginning, I was impressed with the dedication, efficiency, and service the pantry staff and volunteers give to the clients who are hungry, homeless and in need. One of the biggest challenges the pantry faces is securing the resources required to address the needs of the people it serves. This mission must continue because those who are fed today, like you and I, will need to eat again tomorrow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization as a volunteer and Board Member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would continue to explore ways to expand our donors and benefactors. Securing needed resources continues to be most challenging.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer at St. James Food Pantry I see first hand the good that is done here. Many people come in, some in tears because a family member has been laid off and had too move back in with parents, and there just isn't enough money to go around to buy food. They are so grateful for whatever we can do to help them. Many senior citizens, on fixed income, come in receiving a monthly sustenance to carry them from month to month. This is done by a small Catholic Church on Chicago's south side who are very committed to the social justice call of the Gospel

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Other than the satisfaction of helping others, I do not receive any material aid.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A written handbook given to volunteers would be helpful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

The passionate and organized staff make St. James Food Pantry a great place to volunteer. As a volunteer, I felt they made everyone feel very welcome. You can definitely see that their efforts are really making a difference in their community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the number of patrons they serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create greater awareness in surrounding communities of what they are doing to help. They're are many people passionate about fighting hunger, but may not know where or who St. James Food Pantry is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Saint James Food Pantry during the summer when I was in grammar school. I was a part of a group of teens who delivered food to seniors. I enjoyed knowing I was helping people. That is what Saint James is all about ....helping people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at Saint James Food Pantry every chance I get - the number of people that they help with the speed and the efficiency that we do makes me feel like less of a bystander and more of a participant in helping out as much as I can. There are so many older immigrants who come who are willing to stand up to 3 hours out in the cold and rain for $25 of groceries that it really makes me grateful for what I do have.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Chicago, down in Bronzeville. In the way that they selfless give of themselves, expecting nothing thereof. On the second Saturday of every month.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their operations so that they can serve more people with greater speed so they don't have to wait outside. As it stands now, the space is so small that we can only serve so many people so quickly while the rest wait outside.

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1 person found this review helpful

I worked at St. James Catholic Church for a while and the church offices are next to the pantry. I saw the amazing network of volunteers, professionals and guests in the pantry each day as I came in to work. It is amazing how efficiently it runs, how there are always many volunteers working to make the guests' visits timely and satisfying, and the coordinator of it all, Cathy Moore, always has a smile on her face and a pleasant word for everyone who enters the door. St. James Food Pantry doesn't just feed bodies, it feeds souls!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the relationships built among visitors and volunteers alike.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

invite more people to share funding? This organization is doing AMAZING work with minimal resources. The hearts are there. The organization is there. More is always needed, but I know the director, Peter Wawire, is working it every way he can. It's just a great place doing great work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is hard to think of the community without St. James Food Pantry. I first volunteered at the food pantry when I was a college student at nearby IIT. It is great to see the St. James Food Pantry serving so many more in need, now some 20 years later. Noticing the long line at the mobile pantry breaks my heart, but I am glad the food pantry is there for those in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting some of the clients of the pantry and hearing first hand how the pantry has helped feed people who have very limited means in surviving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the program to help more in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for the pantry last year on Thanksgiving. It was such a touching and beautiful experience. The "Homey" feel that St. James gives to all thier guests no matter the color of their skin, nor the cleanliness of thier clothes, gave me a sense of pride to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity. The volunteers provide a great experience for the guests as if they were having thanksgiving dinner with family. St James were so grateful for thier volunteers, however they do not realize they give us so much more. I am definitely volunteering again for the holidays to be apart of a beautiful thing again because no other experience made me so grateful for the things i had taken for granted that are so precious to me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering for Thanksgiving Dinner

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes at all.

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