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
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!
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.
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 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 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 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!
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 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.