Food Distribution

We host a food distribution events at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church 11052 S. Longwood Dr. such as Thanksgiving In A Box give away.

We offer fresh produce, dairy, non perishables, pantry items, pre-cooked and frozen meats. Come in your vehicle or on foot. Everyone is welcome, no questions asked, no IDs required.

Community Pantry Box

The community pantry box is located in the Edna White Memorial Garden, on the corner of 111th (Monterey) and S. Esmond Ave. It is open 24/7, filled with non-perishables, and replenished regularly.

Fresh vegetables will be made available from the Edna White garden as they ripen. This project is in partnership with the 19th Ward Mutual Aid group, Turpin Cares, Beverly Area Arts Alliance, and the Edna White Memorial Garden. Take what you need. Give what you can.

Lasagna Delivery

Our BEllissimo Lasagna Chefs are delivering homemade lasagna dinners for free to families in the 19th Ward area who just need a little extra love for a day.

While some of our Lasagna Chefs are able to deliver extras, most of the time you’ll get exactly what you’re signing up for – an amazing, home-cooked lasagna or main dish. You can order a lasagna from our contact form.

Toiletry Free Store

The Toiletry Free Store is open on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3-4:30pm. Located at the Community Room at BAPA, 11109 S. Longwood Dr.

Partnering with the non-profits Turpin Cares, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, and Beverly Area Planning Association, we host a free store distributing first aid, personal hygiene, and home cleaning items.

Nice Chicks with Sewing Machines

Nice Chicks with Sewing Machines make masks, headbands, and “mask extenders” for health care workers, first responders and other community groups with the greatest need. The 19th Ward Mutual Aid group helps in distributing masks at the Free Store as well as to assisted living residents or wherever the need arises.


The social distancing mandates have put a lot of strain on families. We are working with several social service providers to get our residents the help they need. From domestic violence to dysfunctional living situations, we put the right people together. We do not want anyone to fall through the cracks.

We are looking to help in whatever way our neighbors need. Be it children’s activities, or our older adults and those with physical disabilities who need help, we are here for you. Again, just neighbors helping neighbors.