The Spice House and our generous customers made dinner delicious for Chicago’s food insecure community. We celebrated Boxing Day this past December by holding a spice drive for Lakeview Pantry. Lakeview Pantry delivers 1.4 million meals to over 8,000 individual clients through 40,000 site visits every year. Their vision is to be a reliable and innovative hunger relief resource in the communities they serve, and to be a model of dignified and effective service delivery.
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in British commonwealth countries, with a tradition of giving to those less fortunate. In recent years it has become a Black Friday of sorts. We followed British tradition by giving out free jars of our English Prime Rib Rub and also set up a spice donation page so customers could donate even more spice to the pantry. In total, The Spice House donated 144 jars of fresh spices, herbs, and seasonings.
Spices are rarely donated to the pantry. When we dropped off our spices, there were only a dozen or so packets of various seasonings available. We asked the pantry’s staff for recommendations and requests so we could deliver the most popular spices.
“It’s nice to be able to offer luxury items like spices to our clients. It boosts their feeling of dignity,” says Angie Davis, Director of Marketing and Communications for LVP.
Everyone deserves access to nourishing food and the opportunity to make it delicious. Clients of Lakeview Pantry will be cooking with freshly ground and blended black pepper, cinnamon, Italian herbs, Back of the Yards garlic Pepper Butcher’s rub, chili powder, garlic powder, taco seasoning, and more.
Thank you to all the Spice House customers who celebrated Boxing Day with us and made a spice donation. Thank you Lakeview Pantry for providing a valuable resource to members of our food community.