Columbia, SC, to exile its homeless

By Editor - Last updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The city plans to forcibly segregate them in the same year it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

By Jason Notte Aug 23, 2013 MSN Money
Downtown Columbia, SC (Via Wikipedia)What’s the quickest, easiest — if least effective — way to deal with your downtown’s unsightly problem of homelessness? Making it somebody else’s problem.

 

Because the city government in Columbia, S.C., apparently cribs its planning for homeless outreach from old episodes of “South Park,” it has decided to get its big push broom out of the garage and just sweep the homeless out of the city center.

 

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the plan, creating special police patrols that would enforce “quality of life” laws involving loitering, public urination and other crimes not necessarily restricted to the homeless population. Those officers would then offer the homeless a choice: Go to jail for their homelessness or be shuffled to a 240-bed, 24-hour shelter on the outskirts of town, which they wouldn’t be allowed to easily leave.

 

That second option isn’t jail, mind you, because the homeless are being confined with the help of a local charitable organization. It’s charitable incarceration, you see. The homeless can leave, but they need to set up an appointment and be shuttled by a van.

 

And just in case any of the offending homeless get any ideas about doing something crazy like, oh, walking into town, officials plan to post an officer — we can only assume it won’t be Brian Dennehy — on the road leading to downtown just to make sure they don’t walk back and go all John Rambo on the place.

 

But, hey, it’s cool: That 240-bed shelter should totally hold the 1,518 homeless people currently living in the Columbia area. Besides, the city is partnering with a charity. Surely they’ll be able to make this exile of the homeless work, right?

 

Michael Stoops, director of community organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless, told ThinkProgress, the plan is the “most comprehensive anti-homeless measure” he had ever seen proposed “in any city in the last 30 years.” He added: “Using one massive shelter on the outskirts to house all a city’s homeless is something that has never worked anywhere in the country.”

 

But there has to be a first time for everything. Maybe this policy doesn’t do anything to make the homeless less homeless. Maybe it doesn’t peek into bigger issues like South Carolina‘s 8.1% unemployment rate or Columbia’s 7.9% rate — each higher than the national average. Maybe it doesn’t factor in a state foreclosure rate that ranks among the nation’s Top 10 and far outstrips the national average.

 

But a city marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement can’t get into trouble for segregating a whole portion of the population from the rest of the city just because it doesn’t like the way it looks, can it? Well, there is that whole “equal treatment under the law” business that applies whether someone is shaking a change cup outside of a Starbucks or not.

 

“The underlying design is that they want the homeless not to be visible in downtown Columbia,” Susan Dunn, South Carolina ACLU’s legal director said. “You can shuttle them somewhere or you can go to jail. That’s, in fact, an abuse of power.”

 

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Executive Amnesty By Exploitation

By Editor - Last updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BY NICHOLAS SHORT

The root cause of the border crisis is directly attributable to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty created under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan. DACA created the incentive for illegal aliens to break our laws as Obama deliberately undermined our nation’s sovereignty by simply creating his own. American’s must realize that this administration is solely responsible for the breakdown of our southern border. The factual evidence cannot be refuted.

This map is provided by NumbersUSA and it outlines how systematically widespread the relocation of unaccompanied minors has become throughout our country. Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Oklahoma have literally been invaded. As of today, 16 states have confirmed “relocation centers” that are currently responsible for housing illegal immigrants.

The map below outlines the states who have implemented these centers (red triangles), proposed centers (yellow), and rejected centers (blue pins).

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These states were not chosen at random either. The evidence proves this in the form of grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations. The grants were specifically awarded to organizations under the Office of Refugee Resettlement. While there are hundred’s of organizations who were awarded grants, they pale in comparison to the amount awarded to the Baptist Child and Family Services organization and the Southwest Key Programs.

The Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) is labeled as “a global system of non-profit health and human service organization’s operating programs throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa”. In the United States their principle offices are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

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To say that this organization is massive would be an understatement given that HHS has awarded them $280 million this year alone. When you combine that with the $61 million in 2013, $64 million in 2012, $18.9 million in 2011, and $11.7 million in 2010, the total equals $457 million. In short, BCFS has been awarded more money this year then all of the previous years combined, but why?

The answer comes in the form of an official BCFS announcement given after they had been awarded $190 million on July 7, 2014. According to the announcement, “BCFS will be expanding with 6 new regional hubs for BCFS’ new family support and evaluation programs“. The new hubs will be located in, “New York, N.Y., Miami, FL., Houston, TX., Dallas, TX., Sacramento-area, CA., Los Angeles area, CA.”

The President and CEO of the company is Kevin C. Dinnin. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, “Dinnin concluded FY 2012 with more than $100 million in revenue”. Meaning, his nonprofit organization made $36 million that year.

BCFS actually has its own Emergency Management Department (BCFS-EMD) which, according to the official BCFS-EMD website “is a nonprofit partner of federal, state, and local government and private industry”. These are the so called “Brown Shirts” who have been tasked to convert military bases throughout the country into shelters.

They have been tasked to Joint Base Lackland, SA., Fort Still, OK., Joint Base Lewis – McChord in Dupont, Wash., and Naval Base Ventura County, in Port Hueneme, Calif.

The second organization, Southwest Key Programs, is just as concerning as BCFS. According to their official website, Southwest Key is “the largest provider of services to unaccompanied alien children in the United States”. Similar to BCFS, they are connected to the Office of Refugee Resettlement of Health and Human Services.

Southwest Key currently has over 65 operating programs throughout the country. They have 4 in California, 3 in Arizona, 18 in Texas, 15 in Georgia, 1 in Wisconsin, 1 in Delaware, and 2 in New York.

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Health and Human Services awarded Southwest Key its largest grant with $122 million this year, following a pattern similar to BCFS. When you combine that with $86 million in 2013, $50 million in 2012, $35 million in 2011, and $30 million in 2010, the total equals $324 million.

The $122 million awarded to Southwest Key this year suggests that they will continue to expand and their ideology is driven by something much more sinister than the “pursuit of happiness”.

The President and founder of Southwest Key is Dr. Juan Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez founded the program in 1987 and today it has become the 4th largest hispanic-led nonprofit organization in the country. Juan Sanchez also serves on the board of the National Council of La Raza.

A brief history lesson on La Raza which literally translates as “the race,” shows us that the group has been connected to the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), an extremist Mexican race hate group which firmly believes in exploiting illegal immigration to bring about ‘La Reconquista’, a violent overthrow of the southern U.S. states that would be absorbed into Greater Mexico.

Janet Murguia is the President and CEO of NCLR. Last year Murguia presented Sanchez with the Affiliate of the Year award acknowledging not only Southwest Key but her relationship to Sanchez as she stated, “He [Juan] has been a personal mentor to me”. As an entire article could be written on La Raza, the connection between “the race” and Southwest Key cannot be ignored.

Neither can we ignore the fact that President Obama is considering a six-page wish list of executive actions presented to him in April by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. These recommendations suggest that Obama could give amnesty by executive fiat to virtually every single illegal immigrant who would have received it under the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill. Meaning, if your not a “hardened” criminal, you would receive amnesty.

Furthermore, the outspoken leader of the caucus, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) praised Obama for his assurances regarding the expansion of the DACA program while speaking at the National Council for La Raza last week. Gutierrez said that Obama had assured him in “private meetings” that he would “expand the DACA program to the parents of illegal immigrants”. If this happens, Obama would grant temporary amnesty as well as work permits to nearly “5 million more illegal immigrants” already living in the country, which means BCFS and Southwest Key are set to receive even more money.

To get a sense of how much money BCFS and Southwest Key have been awarded via grants by HHS take for instance that since FY 2010 the organizations have been awarded a combined $787 million.

Now if we look to this year alone, which ends on September 30, 2014, BCFS and Southwest Key have received a combined $402 million in grants from HHS with two months still remaining.

It comes as no surprise that on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times, “White House officials are laying the ground work for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks”. Furthermore, Obama’s move would shield from deportation up to 11 million illegal’s already here, as advocacy groups have demanded.

This entire “border crisis” has been orchestrated in order for Obama to pass executive amnesty by flooding our nations borders and therefore thrusting into the limelight immigration reform. Moreover, with the millions given to “nonprofit” groups such as Southwest Key and BCFS, they will be substantially rewarded.

In sum, what we are seeing today along our southern border is in essence the trickle down effect that Barack Obama created. He failed to enforce our laws and simply created his own. By exploiting the system and using the threat of amnesty, our President has become the epitome of corruption and others are beginning to follow suit.

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CLOWARD-PIVEN AT THE BORDER/overloading and collapsing democratic welfare states,

By Editor - Last updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By: John Hayward

 
Back in the Sixties, Marxists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven came up with a great strategy for overloading and collapsing democratic welfare states, paving the way for socialist tyranny.  Basically, the idea was to hit the system with a tidal wave of demands it couldn’t refuse, and couldn’t possibly fulfill. The Left would then insist that the moral argument for the system remained intact, so the only way to meet those impossible demands was to scrap every vestige of Constitutional restraint and republican self-government, instituting a totalitarian system that in theory would forcibly restructure society to promote “fairness” and give all those government dependents what they “deserve.”  (In practice, of course, what you actually get is an iron-fisted dictatorship that cooks up reports to make itself look good, or simply tells the unhappy citizens to shut up and obey when things deteriorate to the point that no volume of phony reports can paper over the problems – say, when the glorious worker’s paradise of Venezuela runs out of tap water.)

Cloward and Piven were specifically interested in replacing welfare programs with a government-guaranteed annual income for everyone – an idea that still emerges from the more absurd quarters of the Left occasionally – but the basic idea of overloading the republican system and replacing it with centrally-planned tyranny can be applied in many different ways.  Take a look at the humanitarian crisis on the southern border, which I wrote about two weeks ago.  It has since burst onto the front pages with some astonishing stories, including leaked photos of illegal alien children – many of them 12 years old and younger – “warehoused” in overcrowded facilities, where there are growing concerns about sanitation and disease.  CBS News in Houston writes of unaccompanied minors sleeping on plastic boards in a Nogales, Arizona warehouse after being flown in from south Texas.  According to some estimates, there are nearly a thousand children in that warehouse now.
There’s nothing complicated about what is happening here.  Barack Obama invited these people to send their children to the United States as refugees.  He’s already made illegal use of executive orders to gut the immigration system; he’s talking about doing it again, and the people of South and Central America can hear him just fine.  There have been anecdotal reports of a message being spread throughout Central American countries, by everything from word-of-mouth gossip to news media: “Go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”  It will come as no surprise to learn that the Mexican government is not doing much to halt the train of amnesty-seekers headed for American soil.  On the contrary, corrupt Mexican officials are trying to get a cut of the profits from the refugee-smuggling trade.

And it’s not just the President sending those signals, since there’s a vibrant bipartisan amnesty chorus in Congress.  Obama will only seize power to rewrite the laws if Congress doesn’t do it fast enough for his taste, or if he sees electoral advantage in taking matters into his own hands.

Young illegals are particularly cherished by the American ruling class, which has dubbed them “Dreamers” and frankly describes them as superior in motivation and potential to native-born young people.  There is every reason for families who live in South America to think their children will be given citizenship, plus special perks (such as access to discounted college tuition rates) if they can get them to the U.S. border.  The Obama Administration is even talking about providing the young illegals with attorneys.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has become involved at President Obama’s direction.

This tidal wave of illegals is not an accident, and not entirely a result of conditions in Central America (which have deteriorated lately, but were already bad enough to inspire any sane person to seek a new life elsewhere.)  These people were summoned.  And now that they’re here, the system is collapsing beneath their weight.  In addition to the refugees flown to Arizona in the CBS News story above, the El Paso Times reports two planeloads of illegals arriving for processing.  “The vast majority of individuals transferred were family units from Central America and Mexico with children,” according to an El Paso official.

Contrary to popular mythology about President Obama being some sort of deportation hard-liner, the truth is that most of his “deportations” were actually catch-and-release scenarios played out at the border – people who were essentially repulsed rather than caught and deported.  Such people were not counted as “deportations” in the past – remember what I said about the government cooking the books to make itself look better?  Well, catch-and-release only works when the illegal aliens in question come from Mexico.  There’s no practical method for sending the wave of families and unaccompanied minors surging in from Central America back to their homes.  They’re most likely here to stay.  And even though the Obama Administration had every reason to know they were coming, the immigration system was curiously unprepared to deal with them.  Cloward-Piven tactics work even better when the system is hollowed out and made ready for speedy collapse.

Does the amnesty chorus recoil from this humanitarian crisis in shame and ask, “My God, what have we done?”  Do they accept this stunning proof of a point often raised by amnesty critics: lax border security and indulgence of illegal immigration causes the flood of illegal aliens – rational people who respond to incentives – to intensify?  Of course not.  They’re using the horror they have created as leverage to get amnesty moving even faster.  So they’re specifically portraying the very same incentives that brought the flood of minors to our border as a point of agreement from which a deal can be built.  And note Rev. Ryscavage’s portrayal of many amnesty demands as part of a bidding process designed to wear down those who take citizenship and border security seriously.  The White House is “asking for a lot of stuff that privately they don’t think they’re going to get,” so when they get what they really wanted all along, it’ll be portrayed as a bipartisan compromise, opposed only by extremists. Â They won’t be shy about pointing to the very humanitarian crisis they have deliberately created to argue that their demands must be immediately met – a tactic that will further exhaust resistance from those who are already weary of being slandered as cruel xenophobes, and holding the line against an amnesty demand the Beltway-media complex portrays as inevitable.

Soon we’ll have millions of new citizens placing heavy demands on our maternal government, with hundreds of thousands more streaming in every year, eager to claim the prizes that have been offered to them.  The governments that mismanage the nations from which these poor souls are fleeing will feel even less pressure to make things better – they’re happy to use the United States as a dumping ground for excess population.  The Cloward-Piven effect will spread inward from the border, and outward into every aspect of our centralized system.  If you think the bleating about “income inequality” is bad now, wait until you hear what it sounds like after a few years of tidal-wave migration – especially if it’s combined with minimum-wage hikes that make it difficult to hire the new arrivals, and a regulatory morass that makes it hard to launch or expand businesses that might hire them.  And you won’t have to wait long for ObamaCare’s planned collapse into ruin, paving the way for single-payer health care.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had it exactly right, in an interview he granted to Breitbart Texas:

“We need a president who is willing to uphold the law,” Cruz said. “On issue after issue the Obama Administration has openly ignored, defied, and unilaterally tried to change the law. With respect to securing the border, the Obama Administration has handcuffed the courageous men and women who serve in Border Patrol. Morale in ICE is at an all-time low because the political operatives leading this Administration are preventing them from doing their job and upholding the law.”

He continued, “Just a few months before the last election the president illegally and unconstitutionally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people illegally. If the president wants to change federal immigration laws, the Constitution lays out a way to do so–you go and make your case to Congress and you convince Congress to change the laws…unfortunately for President Obama, following the Constitutional structure is apparently too cumbersome. One of the consequences were seeing on the border is a humanitarian crisis that is a direct consequence of Obama’s lawlessness.”

What’s happening on our southern border right now is horrifying, but it’s not unexpected.  The people who caused it will never feel an instant of remorse for what they’ve done.  And they’ll grow increasingly less interested in what the legal citizens of the United States have to say about immigration policy. What’s your plan for dealing with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are being shipped to our doorstep?

Update: Another thought that occurred to me while discussing this post with Jim Vicevich on the radio this morning: if the Administration had taken steps to prepare for the wave of refugees it knew was coming – and make no mistake, it knew, because if nothing else, we have a national-security apparatus that monitors such things – they would have looked really bad at a crucial moment in last year’s immigration debate.  “Hey, why are you guys building huge refugee centers in south Texas…?”

But this way, the situation is dropped in our laps as a done deal, a fait accompli.  They’re here, they can’t be deported, there’s nothing we can do except give the amnesty chorus at least part of what it wants.  Turning this into a deliberate humanitarian crisis was a political power play.  Imagine the tenor of our “national conversation” on immigration if the Administration had forthrightly informed the American people that hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied minors were being flung at the border, obliging the government to spend millions preparing to receive them… and it was largely happening because their parents had every reason to believe they would be well-received.

Update: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer responded angrily to these Cloward-Piven tactics, as the feds begin dumping illegal immigrants from Texas into her state without warning her first.  When she complained, the feds said they have no intention of stopping.

Fox News: “Federal officials told Brewer Friday that the practice will continue for the foreseeable future, and this weekend more than 1,000 illegal immigrant children will be “dumped” in Arizona. Adults and family units will also arrive, though Brewer was not told how many, her office said.”

“This is a crisis of the federal governments creation, and the fact that the border remains unsecure“ now apparently intentionally – while this operation continues full-steam ahead is deplorable,” said Brewer.  Exactly, Governor. Just wait until you’re told you must comply with various Washington directives in order to receive federal assistance for the man-made humanitarian crisis that just got dumped in Arizona’s lap.

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The border, and the final destructive blow

By Editor - Last updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

by David Risselada

What is happening on the border is truly unbelievable to most people. It is well understood  that this traitorous act has been in the works for a long time as the Obama administration has actually been encouraging people in South America and Mexico to come to the U.S. and get their free welfare.  This has been going on for nearly two years, and only those who refuse to see Barrack Obama for the radical leftist he is, fail to see the truth. President Obama and the rest of his radical leftist administration are implementing the final strategy in the Cloward Piven plan to destroy capitalism and force America to adopt a socialist government. Please, dont get angry at me for telling you about something that actually exists. Its not my fault if you have blinded yourself to reality. If you wish to educate yourself on the subject you should read the Cloward and Piven strategy which can be found here. Richard Cloward (deceased) and Frances Fox Piven are socialists who have done a great deal of work to assist in the nations fundamental shift to the ideological left. Piven, a professor at Columbia university has spoke at numerous socialists conferences and was instrumental in organizing the voting strategies implemented by the leftist organization, “Acorn.” It should also be noted that Piven is a professor of social work at Columbia University; which is where President Obama  attended school. Wayne Allyn Root, a classmate of Obama’s, had written an article detailing his experience at Columbia studying the Cloward Piven Plan, and Obama’s fascination with it. It is pretty clear that Obama is implementing this strategy. The underlying belief is that if the left can overload Americas welfare system, while weighing the nation down with unsustainable debt, the government will be forced to adopt socialism and provide everyone with an annual, guaranteed income. There remains one little problem however; these socialist fail to realize that without a working society that creates wealth, government has no income to provide anyone.
 
Aside form the Cloward Piven Strategy, we also see another ideological concept based on marxism at work in our universities. The left believes that America is what is wrong with the world, they believe that the white man is responsible for the worlds poverty and only through the destruction of the white mans system, will total equality be achieved.  When I am referring to the white man’s system I am not only referring to capitalism but Christianity and the constitutional system of governance we have lived under for the past 238 years. The left has been relentless in trying to change our culture using “white privilege” as a way of convincing young, mindless liberals that white people are unfairly benefiting from unjust laws designed to keep minorities oppressed. White privilege is derived from critical race theory, and is taught to specifically foment hatred against white people. It has gotten so far out of hand that we actually have an Attorney General who refuses to prosecute minorities who brutally attack white people with hate crimes based on the false notion that minorities are incapable of racism because they lack power in society.
 
I have written many, many articles describing white privilege and my own college experience being exposed to it. It was overwhelmingly clear to me from the beginning that there was an agenda behind the reverse racism I was witnessing. I have made a great many phone calls to my congressman and senators, unfortunately no one listened; all the while the stage was being set for what we are witnessing now. You see, the left has been enormously successful in conditioning people to believe white privilege; college students make up some of the dumbest,  most gullible people I have ever met, they eat up anything that is presented in an educational format. White privilege is backed up with volumes of peer reviewed research based on phony statistics, but most importantly it is based on the work of people who already believe it. In other words, there is already an existing bias in the research and as I have tried to warn people in earlier articles, these people believe you don’t understand your own racism. I was actually taught at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow Oklahoma that it is ethical to lie about statistics when it comes to racism because people don’t understand it well enough to know when they are being racist. This professor is an admitted communist folks.
 
What all of this means is that people have been programmed to view any opposition to the lefts agenda as racism, plain and simple. This is what we get when we fail to stand up for truth and allow leftists to gain control of education.
 
With all of this being said, it is important to understand how it all fits together and where it is going. Remember, the left believes wholeheartedly that everything is the white mans fault; communists believe that there are certain people who stand in the way of the great utopia, or progress as they like to call it. Through white privilege education and the Cloward Piven strategy, the conditions are being laid to carry out “white genocide,” and the final destruction of the Judea Christian west, which has been the only remaining obstacle to a world communist government sought after by the left for over a century.

Call me a conspiracy theorists if you wish; however, the proof is in the pudding. President Obama has intentionally brought these people to our border on the promise of being taken care of. He is playing on the sympathies of college students who have accepted what they have been taught about the United States in our universities, and they have been taught the U.S. owes these people. This will undoubtedly put further strain on our already over burdened welfare system forcing the government to change the way it does business in an attempt to give these people what they need, at the tax payers expense no less. In the mean time, as opposition continues to grow against this lawlessness, it will be increasingly easy to discredit and humiliate the opposition as being selfish and racist based on the years of leftist indoctrination our people have endured. Not only will millions of indoctrinated communists be shouting cries of racism, these new immigrants will also be taught that white America rejects them because they are brown people.
 
This is nothing but a deliberate plan to destroy America, and it based on evil intentions where the people supporting this lawlessness are doing so based on the fact that they have been taught lies their whole lives. Meanwhile, conservatives in government sit scared to death to impeach because they might be called racist and the GOP has all but been infiltrated by the same communists who took over the democrat party half a century ago. The only way we will save this nation is if we  unanimously decide its worth saving and dedicate ourselves to it the same way the left has dedicated itself to its destruction.
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Frankfort food pantry doing great

By Editor - Last updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Pictured are John Philip (from left) Dave Mosier Frankfort Food Pantry director Jodi Gallagher-Dilling Frankfort Township Supervisor Will County BoardPictured are John Philip (from left), Dave Mosier, Frankfort Food Pantry director Jodi Gallagher-Dilling, Frankfort Township Supervisor and Will County Board member Jim Moustis, Frankfort Car Club president Mike Amwoza, and Bruce Quantock. Amwoza presented Gallagher-Dilling with a check for more than $1,000 collected by the car club at a July event in Frankfort. | Supplied photo

By Ginger Brashinger

 

 The Frankfort Township food pantry is in better shape than it has been for years, director Jodi Gallagher-Dilling said.

“We’re doing great now this summer,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “It’s the best summer we’ve ever had.”

Gallagher-Dilling said there has been a notable difference in what the pantry can offer clients since it joined the Northern Illinois Food Bank about a year ago.

“Joining the food bank was just about the best thing that ever happened to us,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “They’re very, very good to us. It’s been a blessing to join them.”

Gallagher-Dilling said in addition to providing “generous food orders,” the NIFB gave the food pantry a new refrigerator and a much-needed freezer.

That has allowed the pantry to add a daily distribution (from 1 to 3:30 p.m.) of frozen meat, fresh produce and bread provided by local stores such as Walmart, Aldi, Berkot’s and Walt’s, Gallagher-Dilling said. She said clients can add a weekly shopping trip for those specific items to their monthly trip at which clients get many of their staples.

She also credits private donations, food drives of various organizations and the generosity of private businesses for the fact the pantry’s shelves are stocked.

Gallagher-Dilling said the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus in Mokena gives a monthly monetary donation, allowing her to buy items to replace depleted supplies and providing a measure of security that is appreciated by the pantry.

Recently, she said, a food drive at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre yielded 3,500 pounds of food for the Frankfort Township pantry and equal amounts for two other local pantries, Gallagher-Dilling said.

The Frankfort Car Club presented the pantry with a check for more than $1,000 and food donations collected at a Concert on the Green event in July.

“They’ve been doing that for quite a few years now,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “Whatever cash donations they get, they meet.”

Sometimes people from outside the township contribute, she said, as in the case of farmers in Manhattan who donate fresh produce.

Some businesses are creatively encouraging donations for the pantry.

New Horizons Family Chiropractic, 21000 S. Frankfort Square Road, Unit B, Frankfort Square, is holding a fundraiser to help the food pantry stock up on supplies and possibly save lives in the community. Through Aug. 14, new patients will receive a chiropractic exam, computerized nerve scans, consultation, full spine X-rays and a complete report for a $50 donation to the pantry or $50 worth of nonperishable food items.

Gallagher-Dilling said the pantry is also looking forward to donations from the Crop Walk in October and the Frankfort-area Boy Scouts’ door-to-door donation pickup in November, one of the largest fundraisers of the year, she said.

Although the pantry is doing well, Gallagher-Dilling said, the need has increased.

“Our clientele is rising,” she said. “It’s over 300 people now. It’s the highest it’s ever been — ever.”

Gallagher-Dilling said the pantry currently needs cleaning supplies more than food supplies.

“People seem to think that’s not part of a food pantry,” she said, “but cleaning supplies are always a necessity.”

Window cleaner, laundry and dishwashing/dishwasher detergent and hand soap are among the most-needed items, she said.

For more information about the Frankfort Township Food Pantry, call (815) 469-4907. To schedule an appointment at New Horizons Family Chiropractic, call (815) 464-0104. No appointment is necessary to make donations.

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