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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 36-2171023
312-842-1919
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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  

2 people 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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people 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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1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I love volunteering at St. James Food Pantry because of the great staff and volunteers there! They make every single person that walks through the food pantry feel at home. This organization helps serve the low-income families and elderly of the local communities. St. James is definitely one of the most dedicated and welcoming organization that I've volunteered for!

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

conversations with patrons about how much they appreciate everything that St. James has done for them.

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

wish for generous donors to help with the expansion of this organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I regularly volunteer at St. James Food Pantry and it is a very nice experience, knowing that you can help feed the hungry and the poor. The volunteers I work along with are also very nice and helpful. This is definitely a great organization and a great way to donate your time and money

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

my daily life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I am doing something for the hungry and the poor.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice, organized, and helpful. They treated me well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to all of the hungry people around the nation, and not just in one small area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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