Stories of Impact

Stories of Impact

A Very Special Thank You to the Vincent Babiarz Memorial Toy Drive!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to Su Bermingham, Emily Haite and Danielle Babiarz for hosting the 18th annual Vincent Babiarz Memorial Toy Drive this past Friday, making it one of their most successful years ever. It was truly a sight to see generous supporte
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The Only Place I Knew of to Look for Help

The Only Place I Knew of to Look for Help When Rita* first found herself with an opportunity to leave her native Romania to attend graduate school in the United States, she was ecstatic. She and her elderly mother, Vera*, made the trip together to Oklahoma so Rita could pursue her dre
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Eating Healthy One Bite at a Time

Eating Healthy One Bite at a Time As a Clinical Nutrition Manager at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Leslee Carver dedicated her career to helping people make smart food choices. For 30 years she developed menus for hospital units, supervised a staff of clinical dieticians and worke
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For Sarah, Lakeview Pantry is “Everything”

For Sarah, Lakeview Pantry is “Everything” Lakeview Pantry’s 950+ regular volunteers are known for their hospitality. Anyone who walks through our doors on a distribution day can see that our volunteers strive to create a warm and friendly space for the clients they serve. But for lon
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Faith, Family and Food: The Barrett Kayser Family and Second Unitarian Church Give Back

Faith, Family and Food The Barrett Kayser Family and Second Unitarian Church Give Back to Lakeview Pantry Throughout the month of April, Second Unitarian Church in Lakeview invited Lakeview Pantry to take part in their Sunday worship services. Volunteer ambassadors attended services t
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Hugs and Handshakes: Volunteer Uses Corporate Experience to Give Back

Hugs and Handshakes: Volunteer Uses Corporate Experience to Give Back Terri Silverstone began volunteering at Lakeview Pantry in 2012 when she retired from the corporate world. “I mentioned to a friend that I was looking for weekday volunteer opportunities; she told me about the Pantr
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Students at Harold Washington College Fight Hunger with the Grocery Game

Students at Harold Washington College Fight Hunger with the Grocery Game For more than two years, Assistant Professor of English Kristin Bivens has given her freshman writing students a unique assignment: to stretch a budget of $150 to do as much good as possible. “It is called The Gr
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Alumni Group Prepares Lakeview Pantry’s Future Home for Construction

Alumni Group Prepares Lakeview Pantry’s Future Home for Construction On Saturday, April 25 a group of alumni and parents from Andover College in South Portland, Maine spent their morning cleaning Lakeview Pantry’s recently purchased building at 3945 N. Sheridan Ave. Conven
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In Search of Care: Laura’s Story

In Search of Care: Laura’s Story At 70 years old, Laura* relies on Lakeview Pantry to provide her with nutritious fruits, vegetables and meal essentials that she couldn’t otherwise afford. Though she’s lived in Chicago for decades, Laura’s only family is in her home country of Romania
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