Think about it, for $5 you can feed 20 children. You can do it by participating in Feed Our Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the North Riverside Commons located at 2401 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is the fourth year for the event, which is sponsored by the Riverside-North Riverside Covenant of Churches. The day brings together numerous volunteers who will package meals to be distributed to local food pantries. 

Volunteers are individuals as well as groups. This year the Riverside-Brookfield High School soccer team has signed up to help the effort. In the past scout groups also give their time; some may even have earned badges for their work. This year scouts will also be able to receive a pin designating their service. According to Lisa Swicionis, chairman, they hope to surpass last year’s total of 70,000 meals.

This event is an outreach program started in 2004 as an international not for profit 501(c)(3) that since its inception has provided 1.8 million meals. “Feed 6,” as it is referred to, is an outreach that brings volunteers together through teams, groups or individuals for a common cause.

According to Swicionis, the event is still seeking people to help package the meals or make monetary donations. The meals are nutritious and are needed by many who do not have the good fortune of a having a hot meal every day.

To volunteer or make a donation contact Jim O’Toole at 708-785-1179 or Jeanine Buttimer at 708-220-1589.To learn more about the Feed 6 organization go to or People are welcome to come to the North Riverside Commons on Saturday to view volunteerism in action or be part of the action. Just a little can do so much.

Where’s the Pope? He may have missed Riverside, but there are many photos of Papa Francesco taken with locals. Not in person, of course. Rather it was “flat Francis,” a cardboard life-size picture of Pope Francis at St. Mary Church.

That and an empanada, an Argentinian food (the Pope is from Argentina) from Empanadus in Riverside may be the closest some of us will get to the real thing. 

Flat Francis may make another appearance at the St. Mary Parish’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the church, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside.