Refugees & Stock the Shelves Program

Stock the Shelves provides what food stamps won’t
and stretched income can’t cover by giving Chicago area refugees and their families the household and hygiene supplies they need to lead thriving lives. Despite their best efforts, many refugees strain each month to stretch their earnings to purchase the indispensable household and hygiene supplies food stamps don’t cover. Striving to close that gap, every fourth Wednesday of the month, Stock the Shelves drives a truck filled with the 15 items refugees need (and the only items we accept!) to the Indo-American Center in Rogers Park, where volunteers set up a mini-store stocked with new, unopened items. Refugees arrive early, check in, then shop the tables, choosing the items they need for the month. We do our best to supply them with as much as we can. The more donations and dollars we have for purchasing, the better able we are to meet their needs.

It’s that simple and vitally important in closing the gap between what their incomes and food stamps won’t cover. Please click here to access the Stock the Shelves website.

Stock the Shelves is an interfaith collaboration between fpcw, First Congregational Church of Wilmette, Sukkat Shalom, Congregation Hakafa and Temple Beth El.