It’s important to remember

(This article originally appeared as my Supervisor’s Message in the early spring of 2016.  All too often we move on and the past becomes a too distant memory. So, I wanted this message saved in our blog as a way to acknowledge and offer our thanks again to everyone who came together on behalf of our Township. — Alyson)

I am very pleased to announce that our full recovery from the challenges brought on by the significant plumbing incident is nearly complete. We are now back to work at our Township Offices providing the same high level of service that our residents have come to expect. We reopened our doors on March 1, and we encourage anyone in need of services to drop in anytime during office hours.

While it is our commitment to restore full Food Pantry services as soon as we are able, we have some work left to do. But, thanks to the ongoing commitment of our board and dozens of volunteers, we expect to be fully operational in the coming weeks. When we have a firm reopening date, we will pass that along to you. However, we would like to point out that the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield (824 Waukegan Road) is generously providing us space so we can continue to serve our neighbors in need.

I am proud of the assistance we have received from other Townships statewide. They continue to help in many aspects of running the food pantry, including supplying us with hundreds of individually pre-packed bags of food ready for distribution, and with monetary donations.

Tremendous thanks go to our residents who kept the Food Pantry operational. Citizens offered monetary support and donated their time and energy. We are forever thankful.

The Township staff and Board of Trustees appreciate the many community partners who helped us provide uninterrupted service. Thanks to Senator Julie Morrison, Village of Deerfield, Deerfield Police Department, Deerfield Fire Department, Deerfield Library, Southeast Lake County Faith In Action, school districts within the Township, First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, and so many other religious, government, business and community organizations.

If you would like to take part in one of the many community food drives that are underway, please contact Food Pantry Board member Janice Winter’s office at 312-231-8161. As always, people in need of food or emergency assistance may call me at the township office at 847-945-0614 or confidentially at 847-977-3882. You can also contact us via email at or

The outpouring of support and generosity played a major role in our ability to restore services at the Township offices. You were all there when West Deerfield Township needed you. It is always our goal to be there for you. Thank you.

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