For the past six weeks, Southport Grocery & Cafe, 3552 N. Southport Ave., has been celebrating winter with a series of sweet deals; we think bread pudding pancakes are priceless but ownership offered them for $5. Now, as the grand finale to its Four Fortnight promotion, Southport Grocery is asking customers for something in return–cans. From Feb. 13-26, the cafe will be giving away one of its signature cupcakes to any customer who donates a canned good. So to recap: You give a can and get a free cupcake in exchange. It’s fair trade at its finest.
Southport Grocery will then turn over all donations to the Lakeview Pantry, which operates an East location at 3831 N. Broadway Ave. and a West location at 1414 W. Oakdale Ave. The pantry, established in 1970, provides food to people living below the poverty line, serving neighborhoods bounded by Lake Michigan and Damen on the east and west, and Irving Park and Fullerton to the north and south.
The canned goods drive comes at a time of year when food pantries start to deplete the stockpile of donations that poured in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lakeview Pantry has expressed a particular need for canned tuna, canned meats, canned fruit, peanut butter and shelf-stable fruit juice. Pop-top cans that don’t require a can opener are always greatly appreciated.