The below resources are current outreach opportunities for congregations.
Put Your Hands Together Food Pantry (PYHT) outreach ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillside, Illinois, began in February 2020 with grant writing in support of their already existing food ministry through the Old Schoolhouse Community Garden & Orchard in Hillside, Illinois. Immanuel initiated the PYHT food ministry to help fill the gaps in food distribution and ease the burden on the local food pantries by starting a mobile pop-up food distribution program and include other churches, schools and organizations to join them in hosting their own pop-up food distributions.
Immanuel began receiving grants and funding from private donors and foundations in support of both their garden and food pantry programs, Whole Foods Foundation, Aldi Smart Kids, Walmart Foundation, Safeway Foundation, Nicor Gas, Union Pacific Railroad, LCMS-NID Endowment Fund, LCEF, Church Mutual Ins., The Pollination Project. They have received generous food support from Addison Food Pantry, Elmhurst Food Pantry and truckloads of food donations from Airline food distribution companies.
Not only do they provide groceries to families in their community, but they support those organizations who have the ability to reach those who have been greatly impacted by layoffs and school closures due to the effects of the Coronavirus.
Put Your Hands Together Food Pantry provides bagged groceries, dairy, fresh produce, personal care items and diapers to all who are in need through a safe mobile pop-up food distribution and through distribution partnerships.
Since June 1st, 2020 PYHT have donated over 200,000 lbs. of food, dairy & diapers with a value of over $180,000 in support of the individuals and organizations below.
- We support families in Cook & DuPage County
- Caring Network
- Housing Forward-Shelter
- Beds Plus-Shelter
- Abundant Children & Family Service Agency
- Historic St. Matthews Soup Kitchen-Chicago Little Village
- St. Johns-Country Club Hills
- Christ the King-Chicago
- Imagine Inglewood If
- The Cicero Community Collaborative
- Breakfast with Baby
- Westchester Food Pantry
- Immanuel Christian Academy-Hillside
- Lyons Evangelical Free Church-Lyons
- Lutheran Church Charities
- St. Peter’s - Schaumburg
- St. Timothy - Lombard
- Jehovah, El Buen Pastor
- Immanuel - Palatine
- Schaumburg Community Church
- Inner City Impact
- PADS - Lisle
- Inter - Faith Food Pantry-Glendale Heights