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11.10.20

Internet Access Connects Whole Families to Learning

On any given school day, Hayde Gallegos’ children can be found logged into their virtual classes, learning science or jumping around the living room for PE. Though the timing of their lessons are...

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11.30.20

Cicero Collaborative Feeds Community

In late October, Cicero Community Collaborative (CCC) and its partners fed more than 500 Cicero residents at a local food drive. Residents took home boxes of meat, baked goods and fresh produce such...

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11.27.20

Uniting for the Holidays Feeds Families Across the Region

Cars lined the block as families and volunteers loaded pounds of food into their trunks. In the backseats, kids smiled and hugged their new stuffed animals, and parents were excited to give their...

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08.27.20

Neighbors Collaborate to End Hunger

Hard times call for collaboration and innovation. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  In response to this health and economic crisis, our neighbors across the region are coupling traditional...

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04.17.20

Neighbors Helping Neighbors In Need

These days, when she’s not trailing after her grandson at home, Vora Long-Williams is helping her neighbors in Englewood.  As a member of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.),...

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07.30.19

Snack Packs Help Summer Campers Refuel

Between shooting free throws and volleying balls around the gym of Blue Island’s recreation center, kids at Metropolitan Family Services’ summer camp paused their games to refuel with a quick...

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03.25.19

Blue Cap Pantry Brings Fresh Goods to a Food Desert  

In addition to living in an area known as a “food desert,” Deborah was working on a tight budget. Instead of trying to stretch her dollars at the closest affordable store, she stopped at Blue Cap Pantry, a food bank serving Blue Island, Robbins and the surrounding communities each and every Tuesday. Housed in a bright, airy warehouse in Blue Cap’s building, the pantry opened last September to bring healthy food options to the region.

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07.17.18

Blue Island Library Meal Program Helps Silence the Growl of Summer Hunger

On a hot July day in the south suburb of Blue Island, 16 miles from the Chicago Loop, a dozen local kids and their families trickled into the town’s quiet community library. They weren’t simply there to feed their minds with stories, but to fill their stomachs at the library’s summer lunch program.

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05.14.18

April Food Day 2018 Recap

661,630 people in Cook County are food insecure. That’s 12.6% of the population – 23% of whom do not qualify for Food Stamps. For our neighbors in Will County the numbers may be slightly lower...

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