The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, volunteer agency directed and operated by community and local church volunteers residing throughout the greater Fox Valley area. It is also a member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank Cooperative. Those who visit and use the Food Pantry are our neighbors and friends, people with disabilities, seniors, low income families, and families whose member(s) have lost their jobs.
Once a client/family has been certified they may use the Pantry once a month. In addition, all clients may come during the last half hour of operation on any day the Pantry is open for produce and bakery items. The Pantry is also open to all clients each Saturday morning, see right column for hours and available items.
The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry has been open for over 30 years. It is currently serving over 1,200 individuals each month. This would not be possible without the active support of community volunteers and donors who so selflessly donate their time, effort, and money. Our pantry requires 900 worker hours each month to fill our client shopping hours and food collection and stocking needs.
The Pantry and Closet together comprise a not-for-profit organization sponsored by various Batavia churches and the community at large. Its purpose is to provide food, non-food household and personal items, and clothing for those individuals and families residing in Batavia and Batavia Township who are in need. The Pantry’s not-for-profit operations fall under the “The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act” of 1996 which clarifies that clients accept all donations with a clear understanding that they will hold harmless the Pantry, its directors, staff, volunteers, and suppliers.
We are in need of Board Members and Committee Members from the local community who can donate 3-6 hours a month to provide their knowledge and support for the oversight, operation and promotion of the pantry. Currently, several committees have no chair and most do not have enough members. There are numerous opportunities, and the sky is the limit on what can be accomplished if we had a few more active members. See Announcements/Community Involvement to learn more about the Pantry and becoming a board member.
Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Pantry, located at 100 Flinn St, Batavia. The meetings begin promptly at 7pm and are targeted to last one hour, although we occasionally run over if the agenda is full. Prior to each board meeting, the agenda along with reports from the secretary, treasurer, committees, and directors are sent out via email.
04 – Park District Volunteer Fair
tbd – Calvary Episcopal talk
18 – Moose Concert – Groove Candy
03 – Batavia Woman’s Club presentation
tbd- Food Sharing Days Jewel and Berkeleys
13 – USPS “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive
tbd – Food Sharing Days Trader Joe’s
Back to School – lunchbox theme promo
National Hunger Awareness Month – Display at Library
tbd – Food Sharing Days (location? Walmart in 2016)
ABATE – Toy and Food Drive
Bat Fest (Batavia MainStreet)
The Fox & Turkey Run
Nov. 26 – Festival of Lights (Batavia Park District)