Hunger Ministries

Calvarians love to eat, and we love to feed others!

The Calvary congregation works to help fight hunger and homelessness both locally and internationally.

DUPAGE PADS

A group of Calvarians volunteer once a month to prepare dinner, breakfast, and overnight hosting for the DuPagePADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) site at our neighboring UCC church. If you would like more information about this ministry please contact John Jaska at jjaska@grapecrown.com.

CROP WALK

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Each fall we participate in the CROP Walk, raising funds and awareness for the challenge of ending hunger. 2017's walk was held on October 15th. It had approximately 120 walkers — 14 from Calvary — and we raised over $1,000 for this event!

LOMBARD VILLA PARK FOOD PANTRY/ NORTHERN FOOD BANK

The Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry is a joint effort of Calvary Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Lombard and First Church of Lombard, UCC. The pantry is housed in the basement at First United Methodist Church of Lombard, and is open to residents of Lombard and Villa Park. The Food Pantry is a member of Northern Illinois Food Bank, where a number of Calvary congregants regularly volunteer. If you’d like more information regarding this ministry please call (630) 627-2508.

CALVARY GARDEN

Have a green thumb? Calvary maintains a small garden plot on its grounds to help feed our hungry neighbors. Calvary volunteers, and volunteers from the YMCA organization currently sharing space with Calvary, take turns caring for the garden and harvesting its produce to donate to the Food Pantry.
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Calvary volunteers helped process 17,835 pounds of food, providing 14,488 meals for our hungry neighbors in northern Illinois!
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Little hands make quick work of the Calvary Garden, helping to grow fresh produce for the hungry.