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Blessing Boxes are located at both libraries. The box at Channahon is located in the parking area next to the shed. At Minooka, the box is located at the back of the building, off the alley, by the curbside pickup and handicap parking area.
The Blessing Boxes, sponsored by the local Interact Club at the Minooka Community High School, are a mini food pantry for our community. The boxes are a self-serve pantry for non-perishable food items and occasionally other dry goods.
Everyone is welcome to take what you need and leave what you can.
Is the library in charge of the Blessing Boxes?
The Blessing Boxes are sponsored by the Interact Club at the Minooka Community High School. However, the library does help the club by keeping an eye on the pantries. If you notice damage to the boxes, expired items, or perishable items, you can notify the library and we will pass the information along to the Interact Club.
What is in the Blessing Boxes?
The Blessing Boxes contents are constantly rotating. Most non-perishable food items and dry goods are accepted.
What can be donated to the boxes?
The Blessing Boxes are intended for unopened, unexpired, and non-perishable foods and dry goods. Here are some suggested items that can be donated to the boxes:
Canned tuna, chicken, & other meats
Canned fruits & vegetables
Juices (100% preferred)
Seasonings & spices
Dry soup mix
This is just an example of common items requested by standard food pantries. Other non-perishable food items not on this list can be donated.
Dry goods, such as paper towels and toilet paper, are also accepted. Other non-perishables and dry goods can also be donated as space allows.
What can I take from the Blessing Boxes?
You can take whatever you need! The Blessing Boxes are self-serve. Please feel free to take what you need, whenever you need it. Blessing Boxes are outside both library buildings and can be accessed even when the libraries are closed.
Is there anything I can't donate?
There are a few items that should not be donated in the Blessing Boxes:
Even if it's a recent expiration dates, these items should not be donated.
Perishable Items, including, but not limited to:
Refrigerated dairy products
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Homemade baked goods
Items that have been opened
Unless it's a box or other container of individually wrapped items, like snack cakes or oatmeal packets, items that have been opened should not be donated.
If you would like to donate these items, please donate directly to food pantries. Some local food pantries include:
Living Manna Resource Center
Mission Bible Church
Minooka United Methodist Church
Village Christian Church
Northern Illinois Food Bank
What if the box is full? Can I put my donations in a box underneath?
If the Blessing Box is full, that's awesome! However, if you have donations and both boxes are full, please do not overstuff the box or leave your donations outside the box. There are other food pantry boxes in the area that you can visit to donate or you can donate to the local food pantries in our community.