Friendship Center to host opening event fundraiser Oct. 12

A new food pantry on Lawrence Ave has been ramping up its efforts to provide food and clothing to residents in need, to soon culminate in a grand opening and fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 12.

From 6-9 p.m., supporters may make a suggested $20 donation at the door and see Lincoln Square Friendship Center ‘s space at 2733 W Lawrence. Appetizers and drinks will be served and coordinators will be available to answer questions and inform attendees about upcoming projects and plans.

The pantry serves the following area: South of Peterson; North of Montrose; East of California; and West of Ravenswood. Friendship Center began distributing food within the last two weeks, serving 27 households and 98 individuals, according to their most recent report.

If you’d like to volunteer, visit their Facebook page for more information about distribution hours and shifts. See below for a list of current needs and note that, in addition to donations always sought for the pantry’s shelves, Friendship Center is currently seeking bottles of wine for their grand opening. Online financial donations can also be made here .

Current needs:

  • Microwave
  • Small fridge (dorm size)
  • Fans (box or oscillating)
  • Any hand tools (hammers, screw drivers, etc.)
  • Racks for clothing

Ongoing needs include:

  • Seasonal clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken)
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Sauce
  • Cereal
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned fruit and vegetables (applesauce, green beans, corn, etc)

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