Volunteers Needed at the Moraine Township Food Pantry

June 24, 2018 | Humans of Highland Park Blog | Volunteers Needed at the Moraine Township Food Pantry


The Moraine Township Food Pantry is moving across the street to a great new space at 800 Central Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help move, sort and shelve the food from Saturday June 23 through Sunday July 1 (or earlier, if they get it done sooner).

Please submit a Volunteer Application and Waiver Form to Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor at super@morainetownship.org and call 847-432-3240. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT CALLING.


Regular or occasional volunteer opportunities:




  • Box and carry food up the stairs here at 777 Central and load it into cars / trucks
  • Unload food at 800 Central Avenue
  • Check expiration dates and sort food at 800 Central Avenue
  • Shelve food at 800 Central Avenue



Because of the need to keep the shelves constantly filled, and because we will open the pantry three days a week instead of two, we will need a lot more volunteers! Please fill out the attached volunteer application and stop in to see if our needs match your interest and schedule.

We need folks who will sign up for shifts weekly, bi-weekly, or agree to sub when volunteers are sick or on vacation. REGULAR VOLUNTEERS MUST BE AGE 12 OR OLDER.

We are so fortunate to live in a community of people who care about and help their neighbors who may be struggling.


  • Produce sorters – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday mornings
  • Shelf-stable food sorters – checking expiration dates and sorting by type of food –
  • Shelvers – re-stocking shelves – with the Pantry open three days, we will need lots more shelvers
  • Cleaning up after Pantry day – admittedly the most unglamorous of all the tasks offered for your consideration, but sooooooooo necessary
  • Produce buyers once a week – we’re covered for now but would love a bench
  • Store Donation pick up – we pick up at five stores eight times a week and always need people who will help every week, every other week, or are on call for subbing if a regular is sick or on vacation. The stores will take away our days if we don’t pick up or refuse all the food offered.
  • Unloading NIFB pallets delivered the first Wednesday of each month

See the wish list of necessary items needed to equip the new client-choice Pantry. Scroll down the wish list and select an item to donate or buy in honor of a friend. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Q&A With Highland Park Players’ Director, Dina DiCostanzo

ON THE TOWN, the energetic wartime musical about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City, features thrilling music by Leonard Bernstein with playful lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show’s celebrated score includes a number of musical theatre standards, including “Come Up to My Place,” “I Can Cook, Too,” “Some Other Time” and “New York, New York.” Performances take place at the Northbrook Theatre from October 12-28, 2018. Get your tickets today at www.highlandparkplayers.com!

What do you like about “On The Town”?

The score by Leonard Bernstein is what first drew me to “On The Town”. It is sweeping and glorious and sets the perfect mood for 24 hrs of love and adventure in New York City. After that, the clever script and relationships are really special.

How does “On The Town” differ from other classic musicals?

“On The Town” is one of the first ‘earlier’ musicals that really tells much of the story through the female characters. The females are as much the leading players as the men. The women are written just as funny and clever as the men and I chalk that up to Betty Comden who co-wrote the script with Adolf Green.

How is “On The Town” still relevant to today’s society?

I think that sometimes love and relationships are still fast and fleeting the way they are in “On the Town”. The notion of connecting really strongly with someone, romantically or platonically, and then likely never seeing them again…How time flies when you’re having fun and how we should relish those good times and special connections we make. I think all of that is still something people in 2018 can relate to.

Dina DiCostanzo is the Director and Choreographer for this fall’s production of On the Town. 

Auditions for On the Town take place at the West Ridge Center (636 Ridge Rd. Highland Park, IL) on Tuesday, July 17 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 21 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Callbacks take place on Monday, July 23 starting at 6:00 p.m. All roles available for ages 14 and older. Please prepare 16 bars of a song to sing and bring sheet music in the key you plan to sing in. Rehearsals begin in early August. Specific dates/times TBD.