ALSIP, IL – Worth Township will be holding another emergency food distribution event this Thursday, Oct. 15, starting at 2 p.m. Food will be distributed until the supply runs out in the parking lot of the township hall at 11601 S. Pulaski Road, in Alsip.
The township’s food pantry already has a steady number of clients served on weekly basis, but since the beginning of the pandemic, the need to help families with food has increased. Up to 50 families a week are now showing up at the pantry for assistance. Produce and dairy will be available at this week’s food drop.
“People are feeling the pinch right now,” Worth Township Supervisor Eamon McMahon said. “(Need) has been on the increase, and we’re going to do our best to respond to it. It’s just typical of our situation. This is part of the stress that we’re all under right now. For me, it’s really important to try to keep our community together and help out the neediest among us. That’s what we’re here to do.”
The township is working with the Economic Development Strategies Corporation to provide emergency food distribution. The Chicago-based non-profit organization has partnered with companies and community organizations to distribute prepackaged fresh produce and non-perishable goods to hundreds of families in the Chicago area through its mobile emergency free food distribution program, Food For Hope.
Worth Township serves all or portions of Alsip, Blue Island (half), Bridgeview (a small section), Chicago Ridge, Crestwood (north half), Evergreen Park, Hometown, Merrionette Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights (east half), Robbins (north quarter) and Worth (east three-quarters).
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 54 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.