I woke up healthy thankfully this morning to a beautiful morning after a very hard rain having coffee on the porch with my puppies and a couple of my cats. Sitting here enjoying the sounds of the birds welcoming this beautiful spring day with so many things to be thankful for here in Lisle: fresh clean air, beautiful mature trees, immense variety of birds, and here are my bees to say good morning – I have a beehive here on my property thanks to Aileen Eilert who introduced me to Craig Bowes – my property is just a host for his bees. I will keep my sanity today by doing something for my community -working for my neighbors and calling my state representative and senator as well my federal representatives to implore them to ensure the working poor not get left behind and buried in all this mess like always happens. I can tell you that doing something definitely makes me feel better and I encourage you to tell others how cathartic it can be. Locally I have learned that our food pantry is busier than ever. Lisle Township runs a food pantry and I spoke with Mary Jo Mullen about what the community can do to help:
The Lisle Township Food Pantry has been operating as a ‘drive-up’ service to protect our clients and staff. We have also started to see growing numbers of clients. If you wish to help the Food Pantry, here are suggestions that will make the biggest impacton residents that are food-insecure.
- Donate to Friends for Lisle Township (FFLT), the 501(c)3 organization that funds the purchase of food for the Pantry. A monetary donation to FFLT has the greatest impact as we are able to purchase $8 worth of food for every $1 donated through the Northern Illinois Food Bank. There is currently a GoFundMe established for FFLT, so you can make online donations at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/donations-for-the-lisle-township-food-pantry. If you wish to donate via check, you can mail it to FFLT: 3941 Hobson Gate, Naperville, IL 60540.
- If you prefer to make donations of food, we are always looking for the items listed below. We cannot accept refrigerated products as we need to be able to track and monitor temperatures per food handling requirements. We do continue to receive perishable products donated directly from grocery stores and have a couple of our drivers working diligently to pick up those donations. Also keep in mind we serve a very wide range of clients – from families that are housed to individuals that are homeless, this list accommodates all of our clients:
- Canned Meats
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables
- Canned Soups
- Prepackaged / Canned meals (think Chef Boyardee, chili, etc)
- Peanut Butter
- Dry Pasta
- Laundry Detergent
Mary Jo also told me about the garden the Lisle Township Pantry support that Paula Garcia heads up. If you prefer to get your hands dirty, please reach out to Paula via FaceBook at Lisle Township Food Pantry Vegetable Garden Growers Page. If you are not on FaceBook you can reach Paula by email too: email@example.com.