Common Pantry has some big news. With the recent purchase of a new building, for the first time in our 54-year history we will have a space of our own. Our eventual new home at 3900 N. Lincoln Ave. was purchased thanks to state grants. We will remain in our current home at Epiphany Church of Christ until we design and renovate the new space, and we look forward to engaging our community, donors and volunteers in the process.
Having a space of our own is transformative for Common Pantry, which has been a mainstay and ingrained in the fabric of the Northcenter neighborhood for decades. The ability to design a new space will help us increase efficiency, accessibility and visibility and accelerate our strategic plan to better serve people in need.
Despite the pandemic, we never stopped serving our community which includes engagement programs like “Common Kids” to help youth volunteers understand the root causes of poverty and the “I Am Your Neighbor” restaurant meal donations. In fact, we did not cancel a single food distribution day since the start of the pandemic.
The building acquisition was supported and greatly facilitated by our local elected officials, donors and partners including leaders at Epiphany, as well as our 11-member volunteer board of community residents. We’re grateful to all and to our hundreds of volunteers who make this work possible.
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Thanks to Fox32 Chicago for this great interview of Board Chair David Brown and Director Margaret O’Conor about our new building last week!