We are preparing for tomorrows Free Store at the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church at 11052 South Longwood.
It looks to be pretty cold, so we went out and purchased a new heater to keep us warm.
So why not stop by? We start setting up around 2PM and start distributing at 3PM.
Update on the USDA food boxes. At the sending of this email, we do not know if we will have food boxes. From the USDA website: “… contract awards expected to be made by January 19. Deliveries will begin shortly after awards are issued and continue through the end of April.” So we might see boxes as early as tomorrow. I will keep you posted if that is the case.
We have donations from two of our partnering pantries and might have more by tomorrow. We are looking forward to the donations from some of our neighbors who have collected food as part of their Day of Service on Martin Luther King’s birthday.
We are looking for cash or food donations to continue the gift cards until we secure food sources for our neighbors. The link to donate www.19aid.com/donate or drop off a check on Wednesdays. If you want to send a check, just reply back and I will give you the address.
So bundle up and get ready for another Free Store.
About the 19 Ward Mutual Aid – Free Store
On the southwest side, 19th Ward Mutual Aid group formed. This is due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic followed up by the global economic downturn. The purpose of the group is to collectively help one another; neighbors helping neighbors. Though the group’s name may indicate just the 19th Ward (Mount Greenwood, Morgan Park, and Beverly), all people’s needs will be addressed.
Since late May we have partnered with the non-profits Turpin Cares and Beverly Area Planning Association to host the distribution of first aid hygiene products. We also distribute handmade masks by the group Nice Chicks with Sewing Machines. Every week, no questions asked. The Free Store is located at BAPA 11109 south Longwood. To date we have distributed well over 3,000 items to 150 families in a month and a half. We do not believe that hygiene or first aid should be a luxury.
The expanded Free Store located across the street at 11052 South Longwood will now include food. We have partnered with the Morgan Park Presbyterian church to provide 200 boxes of fruits/veg and 250 boxes of diary, totaling 11,250 lbs. of food. We have 192lbs of precooked meat. There is also an assortment of non-perishables, such as: oatmeal, potato soup, purred tomatoes, pasta, cereal, Granola Bars, applesauce, peanut butter, Lentil beans, Flour, Pancake Mix; 372 boxes in total.
We focus on perishable items, because it is often the case in urban areas there are food deserts. We also have a large assortment of non-perishables items too. With the onset of violence and increased numbers in COVID-19 related cases, the citywide food distribution network has been disrupted. We are here to help fill the need. We are looking to help in whatever our neighborhood needs.
Status of our impact: