Center opens with hopes of helping hungry North Side family, pets

Two years ago, a group of clergy and Lincoln Square resident Heidi Bush discovered the north Chicago neighborhood had a significant population on the verge of hunger.  Several facilities had shut their doors and the remaining saw record increases in need.

 

Fast forward to today, when the first food delivery arrived at the new Lincoln Square Friendship Center just hours before distribution was set to begin.

 

“There is a common misconception the north side is well to do.  And there are great areas of affluence but there are areas outside there is a lot of need and it is something we don’t like to talk about,” Heidi says.

25182502Heidi says about 5000 people in this neighborhood are in need, many of them products of tough economic times.

Food is not the only service this new facility will offer.  There are clothes, household items, places for kids to play and explore and educational programs being planned on healthy eating, tutoring adults and language outreach. The overall goal to bind the community.

 

For more information visit their facebook page or call 773-907-6388

 

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