News and Events

City of Elmhurst Proclaims September "Hunger Action Month"

Mayor Scott Levin presented the proclamation to Executive Director Kathie Watts and Board President Larry Studer at the September 20 city council meeting. Others pictured are Pantry Manager Deb Rutter and Board Members Kristina Pechanio, Holly Kost and Chris Rosenberg.

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Back-to-School Resource Fair

The community came together to help District 205 students have a great start to the year!

EYFP was proud to be a part of Elmhurst Resource Collaboration's Resource, Health & Wellness, Careers and Back to School Fair on Saturday, July 24. Students got school supplies, spirit wear and sports physicals, some took care of dental check-ups and COVID vaccines, families learned about many important resources, and those new to the district were made to feel welcome. It was an inspirational day for all involved!

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The April 15, 2021 edition of The Independent ran a story about the pantry's extraordinary challenges and successes since the start of the pandemic one year ago, told in the voices of EYFP's operations team members and regular volunteers who reflect on how they were feeling when the pandemic was first declared, how they adjusted when the pantry’s client service procedures were turned upside down, and what inspires their service to the community. Our volunteers are amazing!

Click here to read the story.

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Read our 2020 year-end newsletter to learn more about the impact EYFP had on Elmhurst and the surrounding communities. Thank you to our donors and volunteers for their incredible support during this unprecedented year.

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Pop the Trunk Food Drive Event

EYFP Collects 12,208 Pounds of Food

Our generous community turned out in force to make EYFP's "Pop the Trunk" food drive a tremendous success. Car after car came through to drop off 12,208 pounds of food and $1,600 in monetary donations, far exceeding our goal of 3,000 pounds.


The event was hosted by current and past members of our board of directors and their families, with support from our fantastic pantry operations group. Our hard-working volunteers processed donations well past sunset. Thank you to all! 

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Read our Fall newsletter for EYFP updates, happenings, volunteer spotlights, and more.

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EYFP is thankful for our partners, donors, and volunteers that have gone above and beyond to support the pantry during this year like no other. Their generosity – and flexibility – have enabled us to meet the greatly increased need for Food, Compassion, and Hope in our communities.


Enjoy this short video about the services we provide and explore the various ways you can contribute to our mission.

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