Church launches community pop-up pantry Saturday

Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield Ave., is launching an outdoor pop-up pantry on Saturdays from 10 a.m. till noon, starting this Saturday, July 11. The pantry will distribute non-perishables, such as canned goods and possibly fresh produce. There will also be household items available, including cleaning supplies, toilet paper, diapers, hand sanitizer and face masks.

Most Austin schools expect increase in 20-21 budget

All but four Chicago Public Schools in Austin could see an increase in their budgets for the 20-21 school year. The Chicago Board of Education still needs to approved the school district’s $2.8 billion budget; that’s expected to happen sometime this summer.

Coronavirus victim Adrew Betts remembered

Longtime Austin resident, lover of barbecue and community leader Adrew Betts has died from complications of the coronavirus. The longtime member of Greater St. John Bible Church leaves behind three children, six grandchildren and many friends.

Austin food banks see big demand

West Side residents needing help feeding their families can visit weekly food banks operated by St. Martin de Porres Church, Hope Community Church and Fraternite Notre Dame. The Police Department’s 15th District has also been distributing food.