Berman Auto Group is deeply ingrained in backing our community. Michael Berman recently came across an article about a break-in at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. We were deeply saddened to hear about their loss.
If you’re not familiar with them, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry has been helping the 60641 and 60618 area codes for over three decades, providing supplemental support for food-insecure families. They currently assist over 1500 people across 500 households. They take a very holistic approach to support, providing not-often thought about items, like toiletries. “If you’re struggling to buy food for your family, you’re also struggling to buy other items, like toothpaste,” said John Psiharis, the pantry’s Executive Director.
In fact, Irving Park Community Food Pantry even has a pet food pantry, equipped to help families with pets get the extra support that they may need. “Your pets are a part of the family,” said John, “and if you’re getting enough food for your family, you tend to really worry if you’re going to be able to provide for them as well.”
After reading of their recent loss, we decided to help. George Katsikas, Vice President of Berman Nissan of Chicago, met with John to show support and present the food pantry with a check to cover the loss they suffered. “This will ensure that we don’t run out of anything for some time,” said Craig Shutt, a volunteer that manages the pantry’s communications.