FOOD

St. Mark’s is an anti-hunger congregation. We believe no human being should ever have to wonder when, how, or where their next meal will come. Together with other mission partners, we hope to end local and global hunger by providing access to nourishing food. We have several partnerships in the community with a focus specifically on food.  


If you are interested in getting involved in any of these service projects, email the church office (or call 630-897-6891), and we will assist you in getting started. 

  • HESED HOUSE / PADS

    LOCATION:

    659 S. River St. Aurora, IL 60506

    630-897-2156


    On the second Saturday of alternate months, a team from St. Mark’s provides, prepares, and serves a community meal for about 200 men, women, and children at PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), which is part of Hesed House in Aurora.


    Most people, especially families, at Hesed House have lost a job or lost their home; they have no family or anyone to help support them. Hesed House is there to be that support and to help them through this difficult time. Hesed House provides hope and stability to help people get back on their feet.


    St. Mark’s volunteers are part of over 4,000 volunteers from over 70 faith-based communities who support PADS® Overnight Emergency Shelter, which is the second largest shelter in the State of Illinois.

    In addition to the bi-monthly meal, we also donate non-perishable food and other items to Hesed House. A PADS bin is always located in the front entry of St. Mark’s for donations at any time. Twice a year, we sponsor a Food Drive to collect nonperishable food items, toiletries, towels, and linens.


    We also support PADS and our ministry at Hesed House financially through a special offering called “Souper Bowl.” During the weekend of the Super Bowl, we put out two kettles representing the two NFL playing in the Super Bowl. People donate into the team’s kettle that they want to see win, and all “Souper Bowl” donations go to PADS and Hesed House.


  • FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

    LOCATION:

    555 Exchange Ct., Aurora, IL 60504

    630-851-0404


    Every February, St. Mark’s participates in a Feed My Starving Children: “Feed the Need MobilePack” event. Volunteers come from all over the Chicago suburbs to package meals. Last year, volunteers at the MobilePack event packaged over one million meals, which is enough food to feed 2,748 children a healthy meal each day for an entire year.


    Additionally, throughout the year, we have different service opportunities where adults and youth participate in packaging food at the FMSC Aurora location.


  • AURORA AREA INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

    LOCATION:

    1110 Jericho Rd., Aurora, IL 60506

    630-897-2127


    Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is one of the largest food pantries in Northern Illinois. They distribute over three million meals each year to local residents. Throughout the year, members of our congregation support and donate food in an effort to end local hunger. We join with the Food Pantry’s purpose to provide all our neighbors access to nourishing food.


    Once a year we also hold a “Cereal Bowl Challenge.” On the Challenge weekend, people put their donations into the box of their favorite cereal. (Cheerios is usually the winner!) By raising funds and donating them directly to the Food Pantry, we capitalize on their purchase power. The Pantry can purchase $7 worth of food with each $1 donated.


  • FOODS RESOURCE BANK

    LOCATION:

    4479 Central Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558

    708-505-4034


    St. Mark’s joins organizations such as Foods Resource Bank (FRB) in trying to find sustainable solutions to end hunger across our globe.


    Every Fall, members of St. Mark’s attend the annual Fall Harvest Festival, along with hundreds of people throughout the state of Illinois. Money raised during the Festival supports the mission of FRB to end hunger by helping people in other countries learn to grow their own food. FRB believes agriculture is the solution to worldwide hunger, and their vision is to create programs that focus on developing farmers in desolate areas of the world. Through sustainable food security programs, they hope to reach and feed more people.