GEFP Open House

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Glen Ellyn Food Pantry would like to thank our community, individual donors and Jewel-Osco Food Stores for helping make our Pantry expansion possible.

Stop by our Open House

Wednesday, September 21st

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

for a behind the scenes tour of our newly renovated Pantry. We look forward to seeing you! Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call 630-469-6988.


GEFP Reopens August 1, 2016


The remodeling is complete and the shelves are restocked. The Pantry is set to reopen Monday, August 1, 2016! The Pantry Board and Staff are grateful for the financial donations from our supporters that made the remodeling possible and for the food donations from our community, churches, and retail partners that restocked the Pantry shelves. We are excited to reengage in a more efficient way with our mission to feed our hungry neighbors. The additional storage space will allow us to take better advantage of food recovery, donation, and purchasing opportunities to stretch donation dollars further. The new layout of our client shopping area will accommodate more clients per day and respond to the growing demand for food assistance. Volunteers, we’ve missed you this summer, and look forward to seeing all of you in August!


Dylan Bockelman’s Eagle Scout Project

Huge KUDOS to Dylan Bockelman for organizing the collection of food and raised funds for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry’s re-opening in August! Dylan did an amazing job canvasing the community, distributing bags, picking up donations, sorting, labeling, and delivering the entire donation to the Food Pantry with a team of helpers. Dylan’s collection of more than 310 boxes of food (2500 pounds!) and almost $3,000 was a tremendous individual effort for which the Food Pantry Staff and Board of Directors is very grateful! Your efforts are a great impact to stocking our shelves for the opening on August 1st!

Thank You, Dylan … you made an incredible difference to the lives of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity, providing enough food to distribute 2,100 meals in the community!


Jewel Restocks the Pantry

Early this morning Jewel delivered a semi-truck full of food to stock our newly remodeled Pantry! Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Board and Staff are overwhelmed by Jewel’s generosity. We are grateful the volunteers who unloaded the truck and stocked the Pantry shelves. Thank you also to the Northern Illinois Food Bank for their support and our friends at Einstein’s for the delicious coffee and food for our volunteers. Everything is on track for re-opening in August.


Volunteer Appreciation

Today the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Board and Staff members celebrated our wonderful Volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. We simply could not do without them! We rely on our volunteers to pick up Food Recovery from local retailers, sort fresh produce, put away food donations on Pantry shelves, bag clients groceries and so much more. If you have a couple of hours to spare each month and would like to join or volunteers, please fill out our Volunteer Information Form.


GEFP Expanding & Enhancing Efficiency

gefp construction

In 2015, GEFP distributed $2.6 million in food to over 29,000 people, and we have literally out grown our space at Grace Lutheran Church. To accommodate this enormous growth, we have planned and budgeted for a modest expansion and reorganization of our current space. The new configuration will provide more client appointments to meet the growing need.

Although we have some committed funds for these changes, additional unexpected challenges are facing us. Pantry updates are needed to increase space and comply with village ordinances, new computers are critical to accommodating necessary software updates, and increasing operating costs are driven by a 14% increase in client services thus far in 2016. We are working hard to meet these challenges, but we need your help.

Please consider making a donation to help us meet these needs. While we continue to partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and local retailers in our community to squeeze as much value out of every dollar given, the demand for food assistance continues to grow. Your tax deductible gift will make a positive impact on local families in need.
The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry expansion is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2016, and we would love for you to see our changes in person during our normal operating hours. You can see your contributions at work, serving your community.
Thank you for your commitment to this valuable community resource. Your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of many


Donate Now!



Thanks GW Lacrosse!

lacorss cookie dough
Dropping off the donation are (from left) Robby Bystry, Sean Baker, Mitch Perez, Zach Majewski, Pat Mackey, Scott Hetzel, Carl Nelson and Will Browder

Glenbard West’s lacrosse team donated 34 boxes of cookie dough to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry as part of their annual team fund-raiser. The cookie dough that was donated came from fund-raiser orders – people who placed an order could add a box or more to donate.


Glen Ellyn/Wheaton CROP HUNGER WALK


Sunday, May 1

Walk. Give. Change the world.

St Matthews United Church of Christ
1420 S Gables Blvd
Wheaton, IL 60189
Registration: 1:00pm
Walk Start: 2:00pm
Benjamin Hafner
630-696-6929 (cell)

For more information visit:

Local Agencies: Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, People’s Resource Center, Interfaith Food Pantry, DuPage Senior Citizen Council

At the end of the Walk, we will be packing 200 Easy Meals.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items to be distributed between the Food Pantries. See your Recruiter or email Ben Hafner @ for more information on this.