What church are you affiliated with? Our organization is not under the auspices of any church. We are a not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of Illinois. However, our by-laws name a local church as our beneficiary in the event of dissolution.
Who makes the decisions in your organization? Our organization is governed by a board of directors who are chosen every two years and serve in a volunteer capacity. Currently, we have four board of directors.
Why did you open a thrift store when your mission is about feeding people? The thrift store was opened to be a continual funding source for the corporation in accordance with the mission statement which is to help people with food needs.
Where does the profits from the thrift store go? Profits from the store go to fund food endeavors such as The Harvest Food Pantry, Salad-Fest, and various monetary donations to other organizations/feeding programs/pantries in the area.
Are you a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Yes! We were notified in June of 2014 by the U.S. Government that we officially have 501c3 status. Charitable contribution statements are available upon request to private and corporate donors.
What makes your thrift store unique? Our store is unique in many ways. We have a permanent free area where we give items away. We also offer free stuffed animals to children and sometimes adults! There is a rack of free items including candy near the check-out as well as boxes of free greeting cards. We also give away magazines and hand-made refrigerator magnets. We are able to give free bread/baked goods away monthly thanks to our local Hy-Vee store . We have complimentary bags of groceries for those in need as well as a fully stocked area of food available on a daily basis with restrictions.In addition, we have a benevolence program to help people who are in need of clothing and other miscellaneous items. We are a ministry of giving!