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A View into Lakeview Food Pantry

“Opened in 1970, we originated from the efforts of a few dedicated neighbors who wanted to help people in their community who were struggling to secure the food they needed.”

A few good neighbors and some hard work is all it took to start Lakeview Food Pantry. Now it is one of the largest and most successful pantries in Chicago! Between two locations, they serve over 1.5 million pounds of food each year and are one of the founding organizations of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Their original building is at 1414 W. Oakdale Ave. but they have a newer building at 3945 N. Sheridan Rd.

In addition to having fresh food, they offer tons of services like job application help, mental health counseling, among other things to help the people in their community stand on their own two feet and become a more independent member of society. The organization doesn’t ignore the fact that many of its clients might have other issues than just hunger and they want to help those issues at their core. It’s programs like this that help Lakeview Food Pantry standout.

Being one of the most successful food pantries in Chicago, Lakeview Food Pantry takes a lot of man and woman power to keep it running. They now have over 1,000 volunteers operating for both locations. Volunteers of any age are welcome but special restrictions are put on people younger than 16. T

he holiday season is always a good time to get into the spirit and help out your fellow humans. Anyone interested in helping Lakeview Food Pantry can sign up here: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/become-a-volunteer.html

Lakeview Food Pantry is “committing to it’s community” with more than just food and I can’t wait to help out this wonderful organization.

For more information and ways to help go to: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/

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Big Up’s for Big Mouth

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Netflix’s new show is dirty, raunchy, but most of all hilarious.

We got another binger from Netflix, so clear out your Saturday because Big Mouth is taking you back to that awkward stage we all had growing up. It’s centered around two teens named Nick (Nick Kroll) and Andrew (John Mulaney) dealing with puberty, girls, and everything we remember from middle school.

Big Mouth came from the beautiful mind of Nick Kroll. The first episode is called “Ejaculation” so you can obviously see what your in for. Once you get used to Nick Kroll’s comedy, the show really brings back a lot of the nostalgia and innocence of growing up. It’s hard for kids out there. I remember the crappy stuff like getting bullied and picked on. But I also remember the good stuff like my first true love and my first kiss. They covered all that in just ten episodes. It had me laughing and remembering the good old days of being a kid. Nick and his pals captured so many moments of growing up and I can’t wait for season 2!

Big Mouth was released on September 29, 2017, so if you haven’t checked it out yet add it to the watch list and remember what it’s like growing up.

 

Tom Petty dead at 66

It’s another sad day in music. At the age of 66, the legend, Tom Petty has passed away. Monday morning, reports came in that the artist was found in full cardiac arrest in his home and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Around noon, TMZ.com reported that the doctors found no brain activity and the Petty family decided to pull the plug.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just finished up their 40th Anniversary Tour. Tom was quoted in Rolling Stone Magazine, “I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I don’t want to spend my life on the road.” He teased about a possible Wildflowers Tour stating, “I love the idea of a Wildflowers tour. I think it’s brilliant. There’s just something about that record.”

My mother is a huge Tom Petty fan and was fortunate enough to see him this year at Wrigley Field. I remember her telling me he looked tired but gave the crowd all he had. Rock n’ Roll lost one of its’ greats today, but the impact he had on the genre will live on forever through his fans and music.