St. Isidore School and Religious Education Classes Help Food Pantry Organization


St. Isidore School students, along with the parish’s Religious Education classes, participated in a Lenten Service Project to raise money for the Neighborhood Food Pantries of DuPage County, with a goal of collecting enough cash donations to fill 150 grocery carts.  Final results show monies collected by the students between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week totaled enough to fill 420 grocery carts.

In order to maximize monies collected, the St Isidore students worked through the Northern Illinois Food Bank where every $5 donation they made was enough to purchase a full cart of groceries.

“When our school and R.E. students found out about the Northern Illinois Food Bank $5 program, they understood that they would be able to purchase much more  food through the food bank than they would be able to at a retail grocery store,” explains Ellen Prosch, St. Isidore parent who served as a coordinator for the program.  “Encouraged to think in terms of ‘what can I buy for myself with $5 and what would that same $5 do for someone in need,’ the kids really worked hard to make an impact.  Some did extra chores at home to earn money, others contributed their allowances.  The kids who participated talked about how good it felt to be able to make a difference for someone not as fortunate as them, and Lent was the ideal time to do so.”

Neighborhood Food Pantries serve families in the DuPage County area who are in need of basic grocery items and personal supplies, as well as financial support for medical care and/or prescriptions, housing and utilities.  There are six local Food Pantry sites in DuPage County, which last year served more than 3,270 families with 3-7 days’ worth of food each visit.

St. Isidore School is located at 431 W. Army Trail Rd in Bloomingdale, IL, is part of the Joliet Diocese and has been in existence since 1920.  It has 302 students pre-school through eighth grade and a staff of 30 teachers, aides and administrators, more than 70% of which hold masters degrees or above.  “Teaching the Heart of the Matter” is the school’s mantra, and part of its mission to “… plant, cultivate, grow and share with children, the Kingdom of God …”