HIGHLAND PARK – Sunset Foods in Highland Park wants to brighten the holidays for residents who are experiencing difficult times and is calling on customers to help stock the Moraine Township Food Pantry with nutritious and festive foods.
Food Pantry volunteers will be at Sunset Foods on December 1-3 asking shoppers to add $10, $25 or $50 to their bill as a contribution to Moraine Township’s Food Pantry. The store is located at 1812 Green Bay Road, Highland Park.
Moraine Township Trustee Cindy Wolfson, who has spearheaded this successful fund-raiser for the Township for four consecutive years, notes that “the funds raised by this event help to make it possible for the Pantry to offer fresh produce to our clients year-round.”
Noted Sunset Foods Vice-President Frank Lomoro, “During just three days last year our generous and caring customers added over $12,000 to their grocery bills to purchase food for the Pantry. We value our partnership with the Township in its effort to help our hungry neighbors.”
“We are very fortunate to have the significant ongoing support of Sunset Foods, which throughout its long history has been a leader in community service,” acknowledged Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor.
Moraine Township Trustee Amy Zisook describes the current food insecurity problem by noting that “many residents are unaware that one out of every four elementary students in Highland Park and Highwood qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program at their school, and use of the Moraine Township Food Pantry has increased significantly in recent years.”
At a community meeting to address hunger, former Highland Park High School Principal Dr. Tom Koulentes told participants that “hunger touches all of the age and cultural demographics of our students and our community and no group is immune.”
The Pantry is open to income-qualified Moraine Township residents Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-3:30pm at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, and other times by appointment.
For further information call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240 or email [email protected]
Submitted by Moraine Township.