The passion for creating a beloved community through REACH began in 2001 with Rev James Miller, former Pastor of DuPage AME Church, and a small group of volunteers. They provided support to the most vulnerable members of our community through food assistance. Over the years, the passion, resources and volunteers associated with REACH have grown and have once included job services, diversity education and economic empowerment.
REACH was incorporated in the state of Illinois as a not-for-profit 501c3 entity in 2006 as R.E.A.C.H. Ministries Inc (EIN 36-4350516) and operates with the assistance of volunteers. REACH now serves 180 families monthly, delivers food to those sick and shut-in, and serves as one of several emergency pantries in DuPage County. Over 57,400 pounds of food have been served by REACH to 1,300 families in DuPage and other neighboring counties in 2021. Forty volunteers serve approximately 160 hours each month.