Tropical Smoothie Employees Donate December Tips to Grafton Food Pantry

Huntley business reaches out to food pantry.


The temperatures may be dropping, but it always feels warm and tropical at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

The hard working employees of Tropical Smoothie decided to donate all of their tips for the entire month of December to Grafton Food Pantry. The owners were so impressed with this generous effort; they agreed to match the funds.

Mike and Terri Ward opened Tropical Smoothie Café on Route 47 in Huntley in August 2011. The cafe is known for its healthy food with a tropical twist. Its menu options include a variety of specialty wraps, sandwiches, grilled flat breads, tacos, salads, and soup along with high-quality real-fruit smoothies. Catering and on-line ordering is available.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers a friendly, family atmosphere and even serves breakfast all day.

Grafton Food Pantry, a 501 (c ) (3) organization, is located at 11481 Allison Court in Huntley. This is the only location. It is funded solely by donations. Anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring a food drive can call 847-495-0922.




Bruce Augustine January 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Thanks to everyone at Tropical Smoothie for helping out our community!
Bill Seedorf January 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Bruce, here is how your friend operates pam 08-26-2009 02:10 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This Saturday, we are gathering to move the 6 freezer/frig units- I have a truck donated from Dean's (with a driver) complete with lift gate, and have 4 to 6 guys to move these units, and anything they don't get moved on Friday. Now, Linda Moore is saying the freezers belong to the Township government, and some of the food too! What does the governmental unit need these for? The 501c3 Grafton Food Pantry has been a seperate unit since 2006- there never was a formal system for donations until then. IMO and many others, these units were donated to the Food Pantry, not the Township. They are busy looking for reciepts, when they need to be packing and serveing the needy. During these times of great need, we need to get the food pantry out of the hot political arena that the building on Vine Street has become. The folks who need a helping hand and those that are wonderful enough to donate their time and supplies, should not have to feel any tension from the office of the Supervisor. We are moving at 9 am on Sat. meeting at the old building, on Vine Street. I hope any of you who would like to help, be there. If you have food or cash donations, we will be happy to take them at that time too! She has started the problem not Linda Moore
Bruce Augustine January 23, 2013 at 02:26 AM
So this is basically what you are saying: Pam Fender has worked to coordinate the efforts of volunteers to help move the Grafton Food Pantry to its new location. Those involved with the food pantry believe that the freezers were donated to the 501c3 Grafton Food Pantry, not to the township. Even though they searched for it, no documentation could be found to prove otherwise. Linda Moore attempted to keep one or more of the freezers, even though there was no documentation that they belonged to the township. This would have greatly reduced the number of clients the Grafton Food Pantry has served over the past 3 1/2 years.
Ronda Goldman January 23, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Can we please leave out the political comments about Grafton and focus instead on these wonderful owners and their generosity! Their participation in the Huntley community is well-known and their employees are well-trained and considerate. The sandwiches are terrific and hearty. Their business is a welcome addition in Huntley. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Ward and employees for your selfless acts.
Pam Fender January 23, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I agree, the real hero here are those that work at and own Tropical Smoothie Cafe!! Thank you for your generous donation to a food pantry that helps more than 250 people each month!! What a great thing to do!


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