Throughout the pandemic, Lakeview Pantry has been fortunate to have Bill Thomas making many tough decisions on the fly. This Friday, Thomas, 65, is retiring after an impressive career spanning more than four decades in the food industry and nonprofit sector, including a 10-year run at Feeding America.
In the Q&A interview, Thomas reflects on his career, a changing food industry and his time at Lakeview Pantry during the pandemic.
This holiday season, La Casa Norte’s Fresh Market — a partnership with Lakeview Pantry — is serving a growing number of people on Chicago’s West Side.
Though the economy has improved and the pandemic’s impact has slowed, many people are still trying to find their footing in the ongoing crisis. Visits to Lakeview Pantry’s food distributions are still up more than 60 percent as compared to pre-pandemic times.
Each person carries a unique story of hardship, grit and perseverance.
When COVID-19 hit, Nicole Alicea was a senior in high school. She’s of the generation that lost out on major moments: football games, senior prom and graduation. Now 19, Alicea believes the pandemic has deeply affected her trajectory. Learn more about Lakeview Pantry’s impact on our blog.
While writing this post, I thought about all the families that come through our doors in need of our services; in doing so, I thought about my own family and my family history. What I admire about black history is the importance of family.
Read the full press release on the grand opening of our new warehouse, The Hub, and the launch of the Online Market.