FAmily Neighbor Support 2020

Let's support our fellow Chicagoans, FAm.

FAmily: thank you for standing with our neighbors!

With your support, we were able to send over 15 car loads of food and basic necessities to the Bronzeville pop-up food pantry, which has served thousands of residents in the last two weeks, and we raised over $3,500 to support other pop-up pantries around the city through the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

Thank you for supporting our fellow Chicagoans affected by grocery store closures! We’re happy to be able to help our communities and our city with rapid response efforts like this one.

Still want to help?

We are still collecting donations and delivering them every Wednesday to the Bronzeville Pop-up Pantry! Drop offs happen twice a week:

FA Uptown (4718 N Broadway) from 3-6 pm on Tuesdays

FA Humboldt Park (2950 W Grand) from 9-11:30 am on Wednesdays

Here are the items needed:

If you’d like to get involved in other efforts to support our neighbors, click below and register to volunteer. We will send out information about any neighborhood volunteer opportunities as we learn about them.

Register To Volunteer

And if you know of any ways that we can mobilize people or resources to help out neighbors in need, please email us at neighborsupport@firstascentclimbing.com.


In solidarity with those standing against injustice and fighting racism all over our city, we want to help communities that were impacted by grocery store closures get access to food and supplies.

Many grocery stores in underserved Chicago communities have been boarded up, leaving residents in those neighborhoods with few options to get food and basic essentials. Chicago Public Schools also paused meal programs for students in the wake of protests. This comes on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, which made getting the basics difficult for many already. 

Pop-up food pantries are being set up all over the city to get resources to the areas that need it most. We want to support our Chicago neighbors with food and basic necessities in the face of these difficult circumstances.

There are several things you can do to help!

Donate Food & Basic Essentials

Drop of your donations at FA Uptown (4718 N Broadway) and FA Humboldt Park (2950 W Grand)

Tuesday 6/9 through Friday 6/12 from 9:00-11:00 am and 5:00-7:00 pm. 

Here are the items most needed by pop-up pantries:

Bread, Dry goods (pasta, rice, etc.), Granola bars, Fruit, Canned Goods

Toothpaste, Soap and body wash, Hand sanitizer, Feminine sanitary products

Baby formula, Diapers and wipes

Small and medium sized boxes, Paper bags with handles to package goods

Bottled water

Volunteer

We need help collecting and sorting donations, as well as transporting donations to food pantries in West Humboldt Park, Austin, Bronzeville, and more.

We will also be on the lookout for other ways to volunteer (neighborhood cleanups, grocery deliveries to seniors, etc.) and will share those with you as they arise.

Click below to fill out the form and we’ll be in touch with you!

Register To Volunteer

Volunteers: please make sure to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and sanitize your hands early and often while volunteering.

Donate Funds

If you’re able to give funds, help support this food drive by making a donation to our Greater Chicago Food Depository fundraiser!

Donate

All proceeds will be directed to pop-up pantries and other neighborhoods facing food shortages.

Looking for another way to show your support?

Help black-owned small businesses get back on their feet!

COVID-19 closures have been a huge strain on small businesses. Add on the expense and emotional energy required to rebuild after your shop is damaged or your merchandise is taken, and it’s possible some of these businesses won’t recover without support. Let’s help get them back on their feet so they can continue serving their communities!

My Block My Hood My City set up a small business relief fund to support small businesses in South Side black communities that were damaged during protests. Click below to learn more about their fund and make a donation.

MBMHMC Small Business Relief Fund

Have questions? Know of other ways to support our neighbors? Email us at neighborsupport@firstascentclimbing.com.

Thanks in advance for helping support our neighbors!

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