Elected officials, community members and hunger-relief advocates joined with volunteers and staff to celebrate the grand opening of the new, permanent home of the Lakeview Pantry, which has served Chicago’s North Side for 46 years and is the largest food pantry in the City. The pantry’s new 7,500 square foot building, located at 3945 N. Sheridan Road, nearly doubles the pantry’s previous space and provides more room for its food distribution and social service programs.
JT secured media stories and managed all event details for the “grocery bag” ribbon cutting that included Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule,
Congressman Mike Quigley, Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Alderman James Cappelman, Greater Chicago Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr, Lakeview Pantry Executive Director Kellie O’Connell and dozens of board members, donors, volunteers clients and staff. JT also handled the logistics for a three-hour community day/open house for neighbors and community members to get to know the new space.
JT was retained by a group of six nonprofit agencies in Illinois that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The General Assembly had passed a DSP wage increase in 2016 only to see it vetoed by the Governor. JT’s goal: Avoid the same fate in 2017.
More than 200 Chicagoans attended including longtime customers, Mayor Emanuel, politicians and other Chicago notables.
Nearly 100,000 people engaged with On the Table in 2017 on social media; through workshops; and as hosts, participants and partners around 5,800 tables in every Chicago neighborhood and throughout suburban communities.