On February 6th, Chic-fil-A will open their first standalone restaurant in Elmhurst. But on February 5th, the day before the grand opening, the restaurant will be a collection point for a food drive benefiting Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Elmhurst Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator Bob Gutherz is hoping to stick the shelves of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry after the holidays, when donations fall off. Anyone who donates five or more non-perishable food items at the new Chick-fil-A at 235 E. State Street, will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Donations may be dropped off in the parking lot of the new restaurant between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 5th.
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry serves residents of 12 zip-codes, providing fresh produce, meat, dairy products, bread, and non-perishable groceries to 45,000 people each year. The items most needed include canned meats, fruits, soup, chili, cereal, rice, beans, peanut butter and toiletries.
According to Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director of Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Extreme cold drives up heating costs and causes many families to seek aid. Ms. Zurakowski also invites community support through donations of food and time.
The Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry is a 35-year old non-profit organization dedicated to working together as a community to reduce local hunger. Through direct hunger relief services, community hunger-awareness education, and advocacy for systemic change, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry helps families and individuals achieve food-security. For more information, visit www.oprffoodpantry.org.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately-held restaurant company dedicated to serving the communities in which its restaurants operate. Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious, freshly prepared food in 1,783 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Founded by S. Truett Cathy in 1967, More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.