Orland Township has taken a leadership role and not only maintained a food pantry, but has extended our services to include a Pet Pantry.
The Food Pantry provides emergency food to residents who need immediate assistance. After completing a brief application, families will go home with bags of non-perishable items, frozen and refrigerated food, along with bakery goods. Donations are needed to help keep the pantry running smoothly. Donations needed are: canned vegetables, soups, fruits, tuna, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly, and toilet paper. All donations are appreciated and may be dropped off at the Food Pantry, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, during normal business hours. Food Pantry hours are: Monday – Friday 9 – 4 p.m.
The Pet Pantry, overseen by Supervisor Paul O’Grady, provides food and supplies for pets and families in need. The Pet Pantry, in conjunction with the Food Pantry, is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pantry, named “Crashy’s Closet” after an abused and abandoned cat who Supervisor O’Grady’s wife rescued several years ago, assists pet owners who are experiencing financial difficulty in feeding or caring for a pet. The Pantry relies on the generosity of the community; donations that are needed include dog and cat food, kitty litter, pet treats, pet shampoo, pet toys, leashes, collars and other miscellaneous items. For further information, please call the Orland Township office at (708) 403-4222.
Pet-palooza is an annual event held to raise awareness of Orland Township services and promote the Orland Township Pet Pantry. The event includes games, music, a pet parade, pet contests, a silent auction, an animal presentation from the Brookfield Zoo and other activities.