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When you donate food for Schaumburg Pantry or Elijah’s Pantry, it is the Board of Serving Ministries who makes sure the food gets to the right places for the people who need it. Our general food collection goes on all year, but we also have two specific food drives. Our Thanksgiving food drive collects food items for Elijah’s Pantry in Logan Square, Chicago. Our Easter drive supports the Schaumburg food pantry. During those two specific food drives, items are collected to make sure that families who don’t have the financial ability to have a special holiday meal can have one.
In the summer months our board also sponsors a mobile food pantry to our neighbors in the Hanover Park and Streamwood.
Our Fall Global Hunger Appeal is a program primarily addressed to our Sunday School and our Preschool children to learn about, and help fund a specific project to help alleviate world hunger. This year our project is supporting Fresh Moves, a mobile fresh produce bus that travels in the “Food Deserts” of Chicago. The board of Serving Ministries creates and supervises this project.
And when our homeless neighbors come to us from October through April, it is our P.A.D.S. ministry that makes sure our guests have hot meals and a safe, warm place to sleep.
We are also the board that collects the backpacks and school supplies for LSSI, along with the warm winter coats for Head Start. We also collect and wrap Christmas gifts for the LSSI Foster family program. We make sure that the families that need those gifts receive them.
Our board also assists RefugeeOne by collecting and providing household goods for our new refugee neighbors to set up housekeeping.
And we are the board that interfaces with High School districts 211 and 214 that provides support and a meeting place for Read to Learn here in Schaumburg. Read To Learn is a program which provides materials and tutors for people whose native language is other than English. Those tutors help make assimilation into our culture easier.
The board of Serving Ministries also supervises the Stephen Ministries caregiving program and the Kids Hope mentoring program
If you would like to join us, contact Rich Beaderstadt: Click here