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Moraine Township Thanks Ravinia Festival

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Contact: Anne Flanigan Bassi, Township Supervisor, 847-432-3240

Moraine Township Thanks Ravinia Festival

Moraine Township thanks Ravinia Festival for hosting a wonderful evening for its volunteers on July 21, 2019.

“Our volunteers have been raving about the amazing evening and how much they enjoyed the event,” noted Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi. “The breadth and depth of our services is dependent on the army of people in our community who tirelessly give of their time to help our residents going through difficult times. While there is no way to adequately say thanks for all they do, Nick Pullia of Ravinia Festival came to the rescue by offering to host a beautiful evening for our volunteers.”

“Ravinia Festival has been an amazing corporate citizen in our community and a stalwart supporter of our Food Pantry, purchasing meat for our families’ holiday meals and sponsoring food drives,” commented Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown. “We are touched by its concern for our struggling neighbors.”

The Township Food Pantry has over 70 weekly volunteers who pick up food from area stores, sort donations and shelve food, assist shoppers, and clean-up when the Pantry closes.

“If we had to pay staff to do the work of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide the quality and quantity of nutritious food that income-qualified residents receive at our Pantry,” noted Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Contreras.

Moraine Township also has volunteers who certify to help residents sign up for health insurance on the Federal Marketplace, train with IRS to prepare basic tax returns for low-income residents, help with our annual holiday gift drive, and serve on our advisory committees.

“Since volunteers all work on different days or times or activities, it was a nice opportunity for them to socialize with other volunteers they might not have met,” observed Supervisor Bassi.

Volunteer Coordinator Carol Pomerantz commented that “with over 7,200 resident-visits to our Pantry annually, our volunteers make it possible for us to stock the wonderful variety and quantity of food we offer, and help us to provide fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meat and other perishables.”

Moraine Township’s Food Pantry is supported by donations from the community and is open to all income-qualified Moraine Township residents. Clients are invited to visit the Pantry at 800 Central Avenue, Highland Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., and other times by appointment.

The Township welcomes residents interesting in volunteering to stop to see where their interest and availability might intersect with current volunteer needs, and invites the public to drop off unexpired, shelf-stable food weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit for a list of our current food needs.

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