Jeff Green founded Green Harvest Food Pantry in October of 2001. When the economy started to decline after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Jeff saw a need. So, when President George W. Bush encouraged each American to stand up and help those in need, Jeff and his wife (Amy) started Green Harvest. For Jeff, helping others has been his mission for over 20 years. He has been involved with providing food and shelter both here and abroad.
Green Harvest is a non-profit, 501(c)3, food agency that serves the working poor in the cities of Aurora, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Plano, Montgomery and Yorkville in Illinois with more than a weeks worth of food once a month for 6 months. Green Harvest strives to impart dignity to the food delivery process for those suffering from hunger insecurity- those who are insecure about where their next meals are coming from.
This is why Jeff incorporated the "Client's Choice" philosophy. When we are able to help someone, we don’t hand them a sack of pre-sorted food; we give them the opportunity to "shop" our aisles, and make choices just as if they were in a grocery store.
We believe that by imparting just this little bit of respect back into the food assistance process, we help our clients to become independent faster.
What We Do
We are a non-profit agency that provides food and personal hygiene items to working low-income families, the elderly, and those recently unemployed who suffer from hunger insecurity. They must be a resident of Aurora, Montgomery, Plano, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Romeoville or Yorkville. By providing them with about a week's worth of food once a month for 6 months, we enable them to move toward a solution, restore their health, and most importantly, to provide hope.
We are currently providing:
Food (perishable & non-perishable)
Personal hygiene items
We at Green Harvest feel that these are uncertain times. We believe that no matter what troubles, trials or misfortunes someone may be going through, they are worthy of being treated with respect and dignity. Unfortunately, for many people, receiving food assistance from a food agency or soup kitchen robs them of the dignity that makes them feel strong, enabled and ready to make a difference.
Many times parents must make a choice between feeding, providing shelter or buying medicine for their children. Equally distressing for seniors is when they choose between food or medicine, or the recently unemployed worker who must wait up to 6 weeks before they start receiving an unemployment check.
Life's changes can oftentimes catch us off guard. This is where Green Harvest can help. By providing food and personal hygiene items through a philosophy called "Client's Choice" we help put our clients back on the road to independence. Firstly, we refer to all of the people we help with food assistance as our "Clients." We make it our "Mission" to meet their needs. Secondly, we believe they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
With people continuing to lose their jobs and the rising costs of personal expenses, we as a community must rise up to meet the challenge and help those in need by providing the basic essentials.