Monday, October 10, 2016

Crandall’s Chicken Dinner Supports the Woodstock Community Ministry

There is still time to get tickets for a famous Chicken Dinner at Crandall’s Restaurant, 10441 Route 47 in Hebron on Monday, October 17 from 4 to 8:30 pm.  Long a McHenry County destination dining spot, Crandall’s is usually closed on Mondays but is opening its doors to support the programs of the Woodstock Community Ministry (WACM.)
They will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring their Broasted Chicken or carry out for just $15 for an adult or $8 per childPatrons can also buy a meal for a veteran at the near-by New Horizons Transitional Living facility. Tickets can be purchased at WACM member churches before or after Sunday services or online at www.wacmgroup.orgWalk-ins will also be welcome.

Crandall's famous Broasted Chicken Dinner.

The mission of Woodstock Area Community Ministry is to generate leadership and resources to provide emergency assistance to homeless people within McHenry County, and to community members who are in financial crisis and reside within the boundaries of Woodstock School District #200
Its programs include supervision of the Woodstock PADS rotating homeless shelter site and Day Time Drop-in facility, as well as the Direct Assistance Program (DAP) which provides emergency cash and other forms of assistance to those in need who fall through the cracks of other programs.
Last year WACM provided $45,282.02 to help the needy in our community.  It distributed $24,740 in food, $10,025 in clothing, $524 in utilities, $8480 in gasoline, $1444 in bus passes, and $427 in medical expenses.  On average WACM helps 120 children and 111 adults each month.

October is WACM month and the organization, which receives no government funds, relies on fund raising programs this time of the year to continue its work.  A cook book, Recipes from the Heart: A Collection of WACM’s Best Recipes will be on sale for $14.95 each or 3 for $40.00 at Read Between the Lynes bookstore on the Woodstock Square.  The best cooks and bakers from a dozen area congregations have contributed over 260 recipes to the hardcover collectionProceeds from the cookbook sales support the PADS site and Drop in Center. 

On Sunday, October 23 the annual Woodstock Walk for Hunger steps off at 1 pm. The 5 K walk will wend through beautiful Emricson Park. There is no registration feeWalkers can sign up and collect sponsors for their participation.  All proceeds from the walk go directly to support people in need in our community.  To register or donate visit

Hunger is a big problem in our community,” WACM reports. “In Woodstock, 13.6% of our citizens are living below the poverty line. 19% of our families with children under age 5 are living below the poverty line and struggling to get food on their tables.”


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