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Business Thu Jan 21 2010

The loving cup

Haiti's needs are enormous, and many people I know (myself included) are doing what they can to support relief efforts. But yesterday morning, as I waited for my Americano to come up at Julius Meinl on Irving Park Road, I noticed a small sign next to a cardboard box in the corner of the shop. The sign offers a free 12 oz. cup of coffee to customers who donate nonperishable items to Lakeview Pantry.

It was a sobering reminder that my own neighbors are experiencing hardships - and small gestures can add up. Owner Steve Farley told me he and his wife have volunteered at the pantry and have great respect for the institution, which has served the community's residents for 40 years. He's hopeful his customers will make it a habit to bring in donations, fueling an ongoing program.

Continue reading after the jump to learn what specific items Lakeview Pantry needs.

Lakeview Pantry is in need of both nonperishable food items, as well as nonfood items. Here's what would really help:

Peanut butter
Canned tuna
Canned meat
Canned soup/stew
Canned fruit
Canned beans/chili

In-season clothes, especially winter coats
Fans (in the summer only)
Canvas bags
Hygiene products
Gift cards to office supply stores

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Carrie / January 21, 2010 5:01 PM

Thanks Mandy!
And thanks Steve!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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