Category: Stories of Impact

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 dreams. When they arrived, […]

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 long-time Broadway location volunteer Sarah Pearson, making clients feel […]

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 Pantry,” Terri explains. Since that time Terri has done nearly every […]

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. She works part-time cleaning condo buildings in Lakeview, but […]