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Cook County Farm Bureau® to Support Cook County Families and Food Pantries as Part of Food Checkout Day 2022

01/05/2022 @ 10:35 am

In celebration of the healthy and nutritious food grown and raised by local farmers, Cook County Farm Bureau® members and partners are supporting local families and food pantries.


The year 2022 marks the 22nd anniversary of Food Checkout Day and Cook County Farm Bureau’s largest effort to date to support local families in need. Rather than support a single charity or even a handful, Cook CFB will match member donations to any Cook County food pantry.


Farm Bureau members who wish to donate to a local food pantry in celebration of Food Checkout Day are asked to complete the form below and to designate the food pantry that their donation and Cook CFB’s match is for. The food pantry selected must be a registered 501(c)3 located in Cook County. Farm Bureau will match the first $1,000 donated. All donations will be considered part of Food Checkout Day.


In addition, Cook County Farm Bureau is partnering with six food pantries for Food Checkout Day. The food pantries were selected by our partners at COUNTRY Financial. 


Partners food pantries include:


Elk Grove Township Food Pantry in Elk Grove Village is a “client choice” food pantry that allows individuals to select items for themselves and their families.  During 2020, the pantry served over 325 families per month compared to 230 families respectively in 2019, a 40% increase.  Elk Grove Township Food Pantry was selected by Chicago Northeast COUNTRY Financial representatives. 


Elsie's Food Pantry in Palos Hills is open to families in Palos Township, Bridgeview, and a portion of Lemont.  Elsie's Food Pantry is a joint ministry of Savior Divine Lutheran Church and Living Faith Community Church.  Eligible families receive a prepackaged box of food.  Additional services are also available for families in need.


Niles Township Food Pantry in Skokie serves over 1,000 families in the area.  With the assistance of the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation the pantry is able to provide assistance five days a week.  Niles Township Food Pantry was selected by Chicago North COUNTRY Financial representatives. 

Share Food Share Love in Brookfield provides food assistance to residents of 15 villages in western Cook County.  Like many other pantries Share Food Share Love experienced exponential growth in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and that need continues to linger, especially as the pantry’s service area continues to expand.  Share Food Share Love was selected by Chicago South COUNTRY Financial representatives.


VKMI Hattie B. Williams Food Pantry in Oak Forest serves south suburban Cook County.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and its lasting effects on food insecurity the pantry served between 50 and 60 families per week, in 2020 that number grew to over 90 families.  Hattie B. Williams Food Pantry was selected by South Holland COUNTRY Financial representatives.


Additional pantries are in the process of being secured.


Donations can be made by credit card by calling the Farm Bureau office at 708-354-3276 or by mailing in the form below with a check. Donations will be accepted until March 7, 2022.


Donation Form


Please make checks payable to: Cook County Farm Bureau.  Checks should be mailed to: Cook County Farm Bureau, 6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525


All proceeds will be donated to Cook County food pantries.  Donations will be accepted until March 7, 2022.

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