povertyAccording to a study done for The Greater Chicago Food Pantry in 2012, 40% of the people in Englewood (where the Shepherd”s HOPE pantry is located) are food insecure. That statistic means that 13,345 people in Englewood do not know where their next meal is coming from. Over 47% of the people in Englewood live below the federal poverty level and over half of those are in extreme poverty.

See the complete study.

In an effort to eradicate hunger in this community Shepherd’s HOPE has provided over 750,000 pounds of food annually in recent years, impacting the lives of over 6,000 people a month.

Most of our food comes from the Greater Chicago Food Depository but we also receive donations from Little Sisters of the Poor, private garden donors, and financial donations from individuals.

The resources at our disposal are not our own; they are a sacred trust from God through donors on behalf of the under-resourced. We are faithful to the purposes for which those resources are given and manage them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to those in need.