Above, Moraine township officials and Mariano’s Northbrook store employees with bags of groceries collected from shoppers. Store manager Larry Fugate is third from left. Also pictured is Lida Evans, service operations for Mariano’s. Township trustees pictured include Amy Zisook, and Cindy Wolfson who is second from right. Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi is far right. – Moraine Township photo
Summer started in the spirit of giving at Mariano’s Northbrook with customers providing generous food donations to stock the Moraine Township Food Pantry for Highland Park / Highwood students and their families over the school break.
Community food drives for our Pantry fall off over the summer months, but use of our Pantry does not. This successful food drive will help us keep up with demand.” – Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township supervisor
“During the first week of June, customers were asked to purchase $5 or $10 bags of food for Moraine’s Food Pantry. Customers responded, purchasing 70 bags of food for the Pantry,” said Larry Fugate, manager of Mariano’s Northbrook store.
Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi expressed appreciation for the generosity of Mariano’s customers and the tremendous effort of their store staff. “With 26.5% of our Highland Park / Highwood elementary students qualifying for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch program, and use of our pantry increasing, food insecurity is a reality in our community,” noted Bassi. “Community food drives for our Pantry fall off over the summer months, but use of our Pantry does not. This successful food drive will help us keep up with demand.”
Moraine Township’s Food Pantry is supported by donations from the community, and is open to all income-qualified Moraine Township residents. Clients are invited to visit the Pantry at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4p.m., and other times by appointment. Pantry visitors receive shelf-stable food, fresh produce, and eggs, cheese or meat.