Better Makers: Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry Funds More Than 5 Million Meals

Better Makers: Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry Funds More Than 5 Million Meals

Make It Better |
Emily Stone |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "Better Makers: Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry Funds More Than 5 Million Meals"

Imagine living a life that requires you to choose between food and utilities, food and medical care, food and housing, food and transportation, or even food and education.

Forty-nine million people in the U.S. struggle to put food on the table, with one in nine on Chicago’s North Side suffering from food insecurity — a lack of access to enough food for all household members.

Access to wholesome food requires that it be physically present in the local food system; when healthy, affordable food is scarce, that area is considered a “food desert.” Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! campaign in 2010 to combat obesity for a healthier generation of kids. Subsequently, the Obama administration launched the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services to financially support local food suppliers in underserved communities. The Food Desert Locator tool was created as part of the initiative.

Research from Feeding America’s study Food Banks: Hunger’s New Staple suggests a shift in reliance on food banks and pantries. Families are not only visiting them as a source of emergency food to meet temporary and critical food needs, but are also turning to food banks and pantries for their long-term food strategy. Senior citizens, who often experience limitations due to a fixed or lack of income, are one of the most active clients in pantries.

Chicagoland is supported by an extensive assortment of food assistance services, including nonprofit organizations, free groceries, government programs such as SNAP, food banks and pantries, soup kitchens, mobile food distribution, delivery services, and shelters. One of the city’s largest and longest-standing pantries, Lakeview Pantry, has provided 1.6 million pounds of food to its clients since opening its doors in 1970. Through a multitude of services and self-help initiatives, Lakeview Pantry aims to eradicate hunger and poverty, while working to increase the independence of its clients and cater to the specific physical limitations that may inhibit an individual from receiving proper nutrition.

On Sept. 20, Lakeview Pantry held its sixth annual fall fundraiser, Fighting Hunger — Feeding Hope, in support of its hunger relief programs. Since its inception, the pantry has raised a cumulative total of $725,000. The funds have yielded more than 5 million meals to low-income residents suffering from food insecurity.

Hosted at Stratford on the Park, the sold-out event featured a lineup of celebrity chefs, including Jason Vincent of Giant, Matt Ayala of Cochon Volant, Ryan Bair of Ada Street, Nelli Maltezos of Mon Ami Gabi, Naoki Nakashima of Naoki Sushi, and Corey Fuller of Stratford on the Park. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with chef demonstrations and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner, auction, and formal program highlighting the work of the pantry. The Partner of the Year award was presented to Conagra Brands for its dedication to hunger relief efforts in Chicago.

ABC7 Consumer Investigative Reporter Jason Knowles served as the emcee for the evening while Culinary Fight Club Host Anthony Martorina hosted the charitable auction.

Media Contact

Emily Clark pr@leye.com 773-878-7340

You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
It’s Apple Season: Where To Eat ‘Em
Oct 16, 2018

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to Eat & Drink in October
Sep 26, 2018

Throughout the month of October, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants are donating a portion of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour
Sep 21, 2018

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
Sep 20, 2018

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Late Night & Live Music with Lettuce
Sep 19, 2018

Night owls rejoice - select Lettuce restaurants and nightclubs offer everything from late-night food…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Cooking and Dance Classes To Improve Your Skills
Sep 17, 2018

Ever wanted to learn how to cook like a chef or dance like a pro? We offer a variety of ongoing and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities
Sep 12, 2018

You've been to the zoo, the beach, the pool... the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We've got…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Sep 12, 2018

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Rise & Shine: The Best Way to Breakfast During the Week
Sep 12, 2018

Early risers rejoice! We've rounded up all of our weekday breakfast specialties that will keep you…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Sep 10, 2018

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
Openings
You Can Now Order Naoki Fried Chicken Straight to Your Couch
Sep 1, 2018

Believe it or not, fried chicken has been a Christmas tradition in Japan since the 1970's and some…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Foliage on the Horizon: Five Ways to Enjoy the Season
Aug 28, 2018

As summer dwindles down, our days are getting chillier and the leaves are starting to turn. Fall is…

read more >
In The Restaurants
The Best Time of the Year: Patio Season
Aug 10, 2018

Warm weather is here, which means al fresco dining is too! We've rounded up the best patios at…

read more >
How To
All the Ways to Rosé this Summer
Aug 6, 2018

Let’s face it, rosé is welcome all day, every day. We’re here to help you navigate your way…

read more >
How To
Try a Chicago Dog with Beaujolais for National Hot Dog Day
Jul 18, 2018

Say Oui to National Hot Dog Day! Today we celebrate the best hot dog variation in existence, Chicago…

read more >
In The Restaurants
4th of July 2018
Jul 3, 2018

It's that time of year to don your red, white and blue, fire up the grill and, of course, celebrate…

read more >
In The Restaurants
After 20 Years, Here’s 20 Things to Know About Mon Ami Gabi
Jun 14, 2018

Since 1998, Mon Ami Gabi has been serving up French classics like our signature Onion Soup Au…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Guide to the 26 Best Burgers to Try During National Burger Month
Apr 30, 2018

Burgers deserve a full month of celebrations which is why May has been declared National Burger…

read more >
In The Restaurants
In Season: Spring Peas
Apr 24, 2018

Spring has sprung and with the change in the season, our chefs have beautiful green veggies on their…

read more >
How To
National Grilled Cheese Day: 5 Steps to Achieve Grilled Cheese Nirvana
Apr 12, 2018

National Grilled Cheese Day (Thursday, April 12) is a food holiday we can certainly get behind.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Spring into the season with these dishes
Apr 2, 2018

The temperatures are rising and tulips are being planted, which could only mean one thing: spring is…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Celebrate Passover 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Join us for your Passover dinner this year on March 30 and March 31. Select Lettuce Entertain You…

read more >
How To
How To: Win an Engagement Party at Stratford on the Park
Mar 8, 2018

An old joke says that there are only two seasons in Chicago - winter and waiting for summer. But,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Now Serving: Croque Madame Burger at Mon Ami Gabi
Mar 4, 2018

You've had the Ramen Burger, you're over the Cronut. What's next in decadent food mashups? This…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce in Love: Weddings with Lettuce Parties
Feb 13, 2018

It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Believe it or not it's a tale as old as time (or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Presidents Day 2018
Feb 8, 2018

Enjoy your long weekend on Presidents Day (Monday, February 19) by staying up late, sleeping in and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to go on Valentine’s Day 2018
Feb 4, 2018

Have you made your Valentine's Day plans yet? It's right around the corner and there's lots of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Mardi Gras 2018: Let the good times roll!
Feb 4, 2018

It's that time of the year again to don your favorite feathered mask and live it up like you're in…

read more >
In The Restaurants
The Big Game 2018: Where to Watch and What to Carry-out
Jan 25, 2018

Need a place to watch the big game on Sunday, February 4, 2018? The below restaurants are a great…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Warm Up With the Soup Trio at Mon Ami Gabi This January
Jan 8, 2018

Below zero temps call for the warmest winter soups, and what better month to celebrate warm bellies…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat: Martin Luther King Day 2018
Jan 6, 2018

A long weekend calls for long brunches filled with sweet and savory treats. And don't forget about…

read more >
How To
The Perfect Party Appetizers
Dec 12, 2017

A well-crafted appetizer is the perfect way to make sure your guests won't go hungry so you can…

read more >
How To
Shop Like a Chef at the Farmers Market
Jul 12, 2017

Summer in the city brings music festivals, rooftop soirées and amazing produce to your local…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where (and How) to Eat Artichokes This Season
Apr 14, 2017

The glorious, fleeting, and quintessential vegetables that easily evoke the feeling of spring are…

read more >
How To
How to: Eat Clean
Mar 21, 2017

Let’s be honest, the vegan, paleo, gluten-free talk can get a little, well, intimidating. What…

read more >
In The Restaurants
‘Tis the Season: Cozy Cocktails
Dec 16, 2016

Like it or not, winter is upon us. It’s getting quite chilly, the darkness approaches sooner than…

read more >
How To
Your Guide to Thanksgiving at Home
Nov 1, 2016

So you're in charge of preparing Thanksgiving this year? We have a few helpful tips and tricks and…

read more >
How To
How to: Build a Charcuterie Board
Oct 12, 2016

It may sound fancy but Charcuterie is quite literally the French word for anything meat – smoked,…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Date Night
Aug 15, 2016

 

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Few of Our Favorite Brunch Dishes
May 15, 2016

[caption id="attachment_4528" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Brunch at Tallboy Taco[/caption]…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
It’s Apple Season: Where To Eat ‘Em
Oct 16, 2018

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Watch Managing Partner, Kiran Pinto a Trailblazer & Teacher at LEYE
Oct 15, 2018

Welcome to Lettuce Life, a behind-the-scenes glimpse at our restaurants and the stories of behind…

read more >
In The Restaurants
One Week of Free Delivery Through Caviar October 15-21
Oct 14, 2018

It's getting cold outside in Chicago and D.C. so we thought hey, let's make it even easier for you…

read more >
In The Restaurants
You Can Earn $$ By Booking Your Holiday Party Early, Here’s How!
Oct 13, 2018

Are you in charge of booking your company (or friends) annual holiday party this year? If the answer…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Fall Harvest’s Best Dishes
Oct 12, 2018

The bounty of fall harvest comes at a time in the year when we are craving the comfort of cool…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Culinary Care Delivers Comfort to Cancer Patients, One Meal at a Time
Oct 11, 2018

Introducing our friends at Culinary Care, a Chicago non-profit organization that helps cancer…

read more >
Openings
Crab Cellar is Now Open With Unlimited Crab & Burgers 5 Nights a Week
Oct 10, 2018

Crab and burgers are just a few of our favorite things so why not open an entire restaurant…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Check It Out: All-New Merch Available from Three Dots and a Dash
Oct 9, 2018

Calling all Tikiphiles! The latest wave of custom Three Dots and a Dash merchandise is here. Check…

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Tale of Two Uni’s: Santa Barbara vs. Hokkaido
Oct 8, 2018

Uni is one of those things that you either love, or you don't. What is uni, you ask? Simply put, uni…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Halloween 2018: Treats, Tricks & Specials
Oct 7, 2018

  It's officially October so you know what that means: time to grab your favorite pumpkin-spiced…

read more >
In The Restaurants
All Pumpkin, Everything
Oct 3, 2018

'Tis the season for everyone's favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin. Whether you're preparing pumpkin…

read more >
How To
Getting Saucy: 3 Pasta Sauce Recipes for Easy, Intermediate or Expert Chefs
Oct 1, 2018

October marks National Pasta Month which begs the question: what is pasta without the sauce? We're…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!