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Review for Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Oak Park, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to be a volunteer with and donor to the OPRF Food Pantry becuase it addresses a basic need for many area families in an efficient and respectful manner.

The OPRF Food Pantry leverages its resources extremely well in the following ways:

- Clients can select their food just as in a supermarket, receiving meat, dairy, fresh and canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, PB&J, snack foods and toiletries.
- Information about other forms of assistance is provided to clients, as well as dietary and menu planning help
- Pantry offerings are efficiently procured by leveraging funds for food purchases from the USDA and Greater Chicago Food Depository, 'rescuing' day-old (but still perfectly fine!) produce and baked goods from area grocery stores and taking in food donations
- The Pantry is effectively overseen by a volunteer Board and small paid staff, who coordinate all the operations and recruit/organize a large stable of volunteers

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

Helping unload deliveries and organizing goods so that client distribution processes go as smoothly as possible

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

Find some way to expand the physical space

Would you volunteer for this group again?


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?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

web- or other mode of being able to trade volunteer spots with another person if I need to cancel a time I'd signed up for

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Meet other people who I wouldn't otherwise cross paths with

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fulfilled, but wishing the need for the Pantry's services was lessening instead of increasing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I volunteer with a team of others to unload and organize food deliveries.