We Need Your Help
Although every day is a challenge for us here at Green Harvest. I am very thankful to have friends, donors and volunteers like each of you to make it through each day.
Many of you may not realize that we also do reach and have impact beyond addressing hunger insecurity. We also visit clients when they are in hospitals, rehab centers and nursing homes. We spend time with veterans that can’t get out. We have even done quite a few funeral services for those in our communities.
At 2018 years end we brought in almost $50,000 less in donations than the year before. The resulting budget reduction has forced us to cut everywhere possible to be able to continue to serve the community and our clients. With many of our volunteers and donors retiring and relocating out of Illinois we are seeing a drop in both volunteer-hours and monetary donations. This year we will also no longer be serving clients on Saturdays.
Additionally, corporations and small businesses are either cutting back or changing the manner in which they donate to their communities. While we hope and pray that this is a temporary situation, we have seen this trend occurring over the past several years and not specific to just Green Harvest.
Our food rescue program through “Direct Connect” continues to grow. We are blessed to have a Wal-Mart, Mariano’s, Aldi and Jewel as faithful partners in our effort to help families not go hungry each day. I am happy to let you know our newest partner is Wags to Whiskers. They are providing us with pet food each month. At least 1 pallet of high quality pet food. Some may not realize it but when people can’t afford to eat neither can they afford to feed their pets.
Of course, all these activities cost time and money. Now that the holiday period has ended and people are re-focusing on their jobs and school, we always notice a significant decrease in monetary donations. I am prayerfully asking each of you to help us in keeping our doors open. We also need your volunteer help as well.
Please take a moment to click on the "DONATE" button at the top of this page to Help.
Thank you for your continued support.
Holiday Meal Boxes
Although every day is a struggle for our people facing hunger, the holidays can be a particularly stressful time. As their neighbors, co-workers and friends prepare for an Easter celebration with family that includes a traditional meal, extra treats and gifts, they wonder if they will have enough food to keep their families from going to bed hungry. Together, we have an opportunity to take away the worry of where their Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holiday meal will come from.
Through our partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, we can obtain Holiday Meal Boxes. Each box contains everything needed to make a traditional holiday meal for a family of eight, including a 12-16 pound turkey, vegetables, fruit, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dessert and other goodies.
To purchase the ingredients in the store would cost over $60.* Through our affiliation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, you can help us provide a Holiday Food Basket to a family for just a $20 donation. Our food pantry serves over 150 families every month and we are always seeing new faces of people that are facing a crisis caused by the economy, unemployment, under-employment, an unexpected medical or car bill or additional family members living with them
Last year we distributed 300 Holiday Food Baskets to our food pantry visitors; this year we would like to distribute at least 300 boxes.
Will you help us make the holidays a little brighter for these families by making a donation for Holiday Meal Boxes?
Please click on the link below to donate NOW!
As always, thank you for your continued support.
At Green Harvest, we feel that these uncertain times have led us toward aiding low-income families, retirees, and the workers of our community who have recently lost their jobs. We believe that there is a serious problem today when parents must decide between feeding, providing shelter, or buying medicine for their children.
It Takes A Ton!
It takes about 4 tons (8000 - 12000 lbs) of food and a lot of volunteers each month to feed our clients and their families.
Did you know for $400 you could purchase a ton of food?
Because of our partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, Illinois, we are able to purchase over 45% of the food and personal hygiene items we need each month.
Would you consider purchasing a ton of food? Maybe your small group, church, school or even your office would like to help us reach our goal of 72 tons of food by the end of 2018?
Call 630-416-1109 or email us.
You can also make a cash donation by clicking here.