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Saint James Food Pantry

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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Religion, Roman Catholic, Senior Centers, Seniors

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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Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Kevin L.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Ian G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Christie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a parishioner at St. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH. I SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE ST JAMES FOOD PANTRY THROUGH DONATIONA AND VOLUNTEERING. THE FOOD PANTRY IS VERY SUPPORTATIVE OF THE COMUNITY AND ON ANY GIVEN DAY YOU CAN SEE LOADS OF PEOPLE BEING SERVICED BY OUR PANTRY. DAILY THE HOMELESS KNOW THAT THEY CAN GET FOOD AT OUR PANTRY. THE FOOD PANTRY IN OUR COMMUNITY NOT ONLY SERVICE PEOPLE IN ZIP CODE 60616 BUT ALSO 60605.

Cynthia P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's always a blessing to volunteer at the St. James Food Pantry! The workers are always enthusiastic about what they do and it's amazing to see how many people get served through this pantry!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered at St. James food pantry, I had a great experience seeing the good this pantry does for the community it surrounds is awesome. They do what they can to help the needed and the regular volunteers are so great to work with. I enjoyed working at this pantry the food that they give out is of great nutritional value, and they programs here that teach you how to eat healthier.

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Donor

Rating: 5

St. James Catholic Church on Wabash is a caring parish. They have a small membership who reaches out to help others by supporting its Food Pantry. The Food Pantry helps many people in the area who are in need. I am happy to give to help suppport their programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard to imagine so few doing so much as St James does by setting an example with its Food Pantry. As a volunteer, this is my second year of seeing the joy and social pleasure of the homeless and of those in need who come to share with us the holiday spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is also amazing to share the happiness with the other volunteers who come to serve. The recruitment efforts of the Board and staff are gentle and inviting, yet convincing enough to provide a generous supply of human resources. Even though these are only two occasions, the work of the pantry goes on virtually every day, year long. It is unbelievable how much they do and how many they reach with as few staff and volunteers as they have. This is the small church that does and I am blessed to be a part of it.