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OUTREACH - ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIALLY POOR: FOOD PANTRY

The Mission currently provides food to about 3000 families each month.

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TUESDAY PANTRY
We provide food to about 500 families each Tuesday. 

DETAILS FOR VOLUNTEERING AT THE TUESDAY PANTRY:
Where? 3814 W. Iowa St. (School) 
Parking? Please park at the parking lots at 3800 W. Chicago Ave (entrance off Hamlin), 824 N. Hamlin (Kelly Hall), or 900/902 N. Avers (grass lot)
When? Every Tuesday 
Time? Arrive at 7:30 AM. (If you cannot come until later, we would still love to have you. Let us know your arrival time when you sign up). The pantry concludes around 12 pm. 
Sign up?  Volunteer calendar & sign up / New volunteer form
If you would like to discuss bringing a group to the pantry, please email Sr. Stephanie HERE (olamission@gmail.com).

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE TUESDAY PANTRY?


Click HERE to view pictures of the first Tuesday food pantry in the new pantry space in the school in January 2019.

MOBILE PANTRY
We provide fresh produce, non perishable food, clothing, and household goods to about 250 families each month at our Mobile Pantry. We have about 70-150 volunteers help with this pantry.

DETAILS FOR VOLUNTEERING AT THE MOBILE PANTRY:
Where? 824 N. Hamlin, Chicago, 60651 (Kelly Hall).
Parking? Please park on the street on Hamlin or on Iowa (in front of the church).
When? Every first Saturday of the month unless there is a holiday. Holiday date changes will be announced on the home page, the calendar page, and through the e-mail list.
Time? Arrive at 8:00 am. The pantry concludes before noon.
Sign up? Volunteer calendar & sign up / New volunteer form
If you would like to discuss bringing a group to the mobile pantry, email Sr. Stephanie HERE (olamission@gmail.com).
Other? Please dress for the weather. The pantry is outside all year.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MOBILE PANTRY?

Food Giveaway

Click HERE to view some pictures from the June 2023 mobile pantry where we gave out wagons!
Click HERE to view some pictures from the June, 2014 mobile pantry and health fair.
Click HERE to view some pictures from the March, 2014 mobile pantry!
Click HERE to enjoy some pictures from the mobile pantry and block party on October 5th, 2013!

March 26, 2024 - Easter Pantry!

 

 

We distributed 700+ hams and 1000+ Easter bags/ baskets on March 26 at the pantry! Thank you to Notre Dame (Clarendon Hills), St. Vincent Ferrer (River Forest), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glenview), St. Benedict's Parish and many others for your awesome help!

 

January 9, 2024 – Tuesday Pantry Record!

We served a record number of 659 people in person and ~250 deliveries this week despite the active snowstorm happening during the pantry. Please continue to pray for all those we are serving!

THEN...

We had another record-breaking pantry on 1/15 of 686 people in person and over 300 deliveries.
We appreciate your continued prayers!

September 2, 2023 – Mobile Pantry

 

 

 

We were very blessed to get an extra truck of food from Midwest Food Bank on 9/2! Thank you so much for your support! We served 350+ families.

July 8, 2023 - Pantry Staff Retreat

We are so grateful for our incredible pantry staff here at Mission OLA! We hosted a retreat for our pantry staff last weekend where we had talks, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass………and a Supermarket Sweep pantry scavenger hunt! Join the pantry staff by coming to volunteer at a Tuesday pantry! Sign up HERE.

April 2, 2023 - Productive Pantries

 

 

We've been blessed to have some INCREDIBLE mobile food pantries the last few months with MANY volunteers, a health fair, and some huge Holy Hours to pray for W. Humboldt Park! Check out these highlights from our February through April mobile pantries! Thanks for all the support- especially from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Hunger Resource Network!

February 4, 2023 - Healthy

 

 

We had a health fair for all who attending the mobile food pantry on 2/4! We had representatives from Northwestern Medicine, Loyola Medical School, Amita, and MANY local health agencies. Thanks to all of these agencies for coming to make healthcare a bit more accessible to our neighbors!

January 21, 2023 - Popular Pantry

We have had over 500 people in person and 200 deliveries EACH WEEK the last few weeks at the pantry due to the new immigrants in Chicago as well as the continued effects of inflation. We continue to need more help. If you’d like to help, please sign up on the calendar HERE.

July 9, 2022 - Little Red Wagons!

We distributed over 200 *NEW WAGONS* full of food at our food pantry this AM! Everyone got to keep their new wagon!

We also gave away 2 blocks worth of clothes and furniture!

THANK YOU TO ALL who helped with this awesome day! God bless!
 
April 17, 2022 - Easter for Everyone
Easter

Happy Easter! We distributed over 450 hams + meals for Easter! Thank you to Notre Dame in Clarendon Hills for the ham donation.
We are still feeding over 550 families per week. Thank you for your continued support.

February 20, 2022 - Feeding Our Friends

 

The Tuesday food pantry continues to be a gigantic event during these cold winter weeks. We’ve been serving over 300 people in person almost every week and doing between 200 and 400 deliveries each week. Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

February 6, 2022 - Giving Away What We Get From You

As we continue clearing out the school building, we had a likely record amount of goods distributed at the mobile pantry on 2/5/22. It was over 2 blocks worth of stuff! We also gave away grocery carts full of food.

September 12, 2021 - Help for Body and Soul
Help

 

We are excited to welcome Loyola Medical School back to the mobile pantry to do checkups and provide tips on preventative health care. They haven’t been back since the beginning of COVID.

 

September 5, 2021 - Student Volunteer Video

Jacob, one of our summer students, created a great video discussing the history of the food pantry! Check it out!

March 28, 2021 - Feeding the Hungry
Helping

Thank you to ALL who have been donating food so generously this Lent! We are especially excited to celebrate with our Easter pantry this Tuesday. We will be giving out chocolate bunnies, hams, potatoes, strawberries, and many other items!

Thank you especially to St. Benedict Parish/ School (Irving Park), St. Alphonsus Parish/ School (Chicago), and Notre Dame High School (Niles).

November 22 - Pantry in the News

 

Great article from Our Sunday Visitor on the Mission’s pantries HERE.
American Airlines also highlighted their awesome donation to our pantries in this article HERE.

 

December 1, 2019 - Record Food Pantry Turnout

We had record number 294 people at the Tuesday food pantry on 11/26! We think we gave out over 800 turkeys this Thanksgiving. Thank you for all of your amazing support!
Tuesday food pantry was featured in Chicago Catholic HERE.