Oak Park village officials have made life a little sweeter for those who utilize the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry this month. The village trustees were able to donate 200 three-ounce jars of honey to the local food pantry thanks to the beehives that now reside above the south entrance at Village Hall.
The village’s donation of honey is timely as September is Hunger Action Month – a month focused on encouraging communities to join together to fight hunger. The Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry serves 13 zip codes within Cook County, including Oak Park and nearby areas. According to Feeding American, 1 in 7 people in Cook County do not know where their next meal is coming from. The pantry hosts distributions several times a month and also offers services to help connect people to needed benefits such as Medicare Savings and SNAP.
Village Forestry Superintendent Rob Sproule manages the honeybee project and said, “it seemed natural to share this tasty, local honey with members of the community who are in need.” Locally sourced honey has more benefits than just being delicious! When you eat honey that was produced locally, it can have anti-allergy effects. Raw honey contains bee pollen which boosts the immune system and can help build immunity to local allergens. I’m personally a firm believer that a hot cup of strong tea with a dollop of the sweet substance can solve just about anything.
What will our village honeybees do next?