Annual Report 2018

This year we are celebrating a milestone: our 40th anniversary! With 40 years in the rearview, we're excited to take the next steps towards a Hunger Free Community.  Join us in looking back at this year --and the last 40-- to see the great good we've been able to accomplish together.

-- Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director & Betsy Backes, Board President


FY2018 Highlights

VIEW some highlights from this year.

40 Years: From Holiday Baskets to Hunger-Free

Since our inception, we've gone from providing holiday baskets to making strides towards becoming a hunger-free community. Read more about what's gotten us to where we are now.

Rescue Partners

Thanks to our generous rescue partners, thousands of pounds of nutritious, but imperfect food goes to our neighbors in need instead of into a landfill. READ MORE

We Gratefully Acknowledge the Generosity of our Donors

To reduce our printing costs we printed a shortened donor listing.  See below for the complete listing of our FY2018 donors. View Complete Donor Listing

If we have attributed your name incorrectly, please accept our sincerest apologies and email so that we can correct your name in our system.

We would also like to thank our 2018 Event Sponsors!

You can buy how much? VIEW what these gifts can purchase when we buy through our wholesaler and local food bank.

Meet Celena

Celena came to us in a time of crisis. READ MORE

Impacting Hunger from the Basement & Beyond

Our program catalog seeks to address hunger in a wholistic way. READ MORE

Contagious Collaboration

When the Surplus Project started, it was a simple collaboration between Rush Oak Park Hospital and Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.  See what it's become since then, and the impact of the program. READ MORE

Building Toward a Hunger Free Community

We believe hunger is solvable.  That's why we are working to create a Hunger Free Community. READ MORE

Meet Brian

Brian began volunteering a year ago when he was looking for a way to get involved with the community.  He's since become a fixture of our food distributions, serving as a valet at both of our twice-weekly distributions. READ MORE

Volunteer Honor Roll, FY2018

VIEW our volunteer Honor Roll

Financial Report FY2018

Ten years ago our financial report looked much different. VIEW our FY2018 financial statement