Operation Blessing serves communities of the south and southwest suburbs but its territory also includes the far southern portions of Chicago.
It is unusual for a pantry to have such wide coverage but the goal is to help as many people as possible.
Operation Blessing of Southwest Chicagoland : FOOD PANTRY : 708-597-6326 : Located at 4330 Midlothian Turnpike, Crestwood, IL. 60445 : © ® 2009 1JC2GOD
To raise funds the group found a local church that would donate space for a fundraising effort. So on a crisp October morning in 1983, the first Operation Blessing pancake breakfast was held, it is a tradition that remains to this day.
Today, Operation Blessing occupies a slightly smaller facility of about 2,000 square feet. A one ton box truck carries food from government assistance programs and donators to the facility for distribution. Donated refrigerators and freezers line the walls storing meat and fresh produce. And a small office area allows some private space for counseling those in need.
Started in 1982 the organization was originally located in a small office in Worth with a closest size pantry and one refrigerator. Clothing was kept in a forty foot truck trailer located several miles away in the parking lot of Marian Valley Church Founded solely by private donations, the group began to reach into the community. Operation Blessing began to develop a reputation for helping needy families and individuals, not only with food and clothing but also with counseling and caring.