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posted: 9/25/2012 11:54 AM

Pantry for older adults opens in Schaumburg

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  • Recipe samples and nutritious ideas are provided to seniors at The Barn.

      Recipe samples and nutritious ideas are provided to seniors at The Barn.
    Courtesy village of Schaumburg

  • The Schaumburg Barn Senior Program holds a free food market, for seniors age 60 and over. For information, contact Kiran at (847) 524-7496 or the Greater Chicago Food Depository at (773) 248-FOOD.

      The Schaumburg Barn Senior Program holds a free food market, for seniors age 60 and over. For information, contact Kiran at (847) 524-7496 or the Greater Chicago Food Depository at (773) 248-FOOD.
    Courtesy of village of Schaumburg

  • Food distributed to seniors includes rice and beans, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal/oatmeal, and canned chicken/tuna.

      Food distributed to seniors includes rice and beans, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal/oatmeal, and canned chicken/tuna.
    Courtesy of village of Schaumburg

 
Submitted by village of Schaumburg

The Senior Program at the Schaumburg Barn has teamed up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to offer a free food market for seniors age 60 and over. The Older Adult Market is a choice-style food pantry that distributes fresh fruits, vegetables and other basic food items to older adults in the community and their households.

Examples of the food that are distributed include fresh produce, rice and beans, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal/oatmeal, and canned chicken/tuna. The market is open from 1 until 2:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out) on alternating Fridays Sept. 28; Oct. 12 and 26; Nov. 9; and Dec. 14, at the Schaumburg Barn, 231 S. Civic Drive, in Schaumburg.

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"Since Aug. 3, over 100 families have benefited from this new service," said Schaumburg Health and Human Services supervisor duRee Bryant. "We are very pleased with the results thus far," Bryant said.

Participants must sign in to the market and acknowledge that they are 60 years or older, but no ID or other documents are required. A caregiver may pick up food for those who are unable to travel, after a proxy letter is signed. These letters will be available at the market.

Contact Kiran Chaturvedi at (847) 524-7496 or the Greater Chicago Food Depository at (773) 248-FOOD for more information. If you plan to participate, contact Kiran at kchaturvedi@ci.schaumburg.il.us to make sure there is still food available.

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