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Milton Township Residents,

My name is Yadav “Nick” Nathwani and I am a newly elected Trustee for the Milton Township Board.  Years ago the trustees were called auditors because their principle role was to approve the bills, set elected officials salaries, and generally set policy for the administration. One reason I ran was to set a new tone of leadership that goes beyond what we are mandated to oversee. I wanted to be a part of the good programs Milton Township operates 365 days a year.  We operate cemeteries, senior programs, a youth committee, and the largest CERT team in Illinois. But my focus today is on our 501C Food Pantry.  All contribution, whether in cash or in kind are fully tax deductible.  No tax dollars are used for the pantry.

Our Pantry is run right out of our N. Main Street Office. We are the little guys under the radar and dwarfed by operations like “Peoples Resource” and food pantry. Despite little publicity and corporate support we have operated for over 15 years faithfully serving over 400 people a month basic food stuffs.  All donations go to food, not overhead.  Ever dollar donated by hundreds of individuals goes directly into purchasing food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank at pennies of what donors could buy food at the store for. We are State Certified, volunteer staffed, and a community resource you might just feel great about supporting.

I wanted to ask if your business, community organization, school, or faith based congregation would help us raise the funding this year to feed those 400 plus hungry persons. Most of our clients are the kids of shattered homes and seniors caught between paying enormous health care and prescription needs or eating healthy food. We thrive on small donors; people who will never miss their gift, people like you who are rewarded so much more than they give because they are part something good we all can share.  The present economic conditions have directly affected many people in our Township, if you are able to help the time is now. 

Food may be dropped off at and donations sent to Milton Township Food Pantry, 1492 N. Main Street, Wheaton, 60187.  For more information, call us at (630)668-1616 and ask for Jackie Jones, Senior Case Worker.


Yadav “Nick” Nathwani

Milton Township Trustee

Christian Nyby October 28, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Thank you Trustee Nathwani for stepping up to help the Milton Township Food Pantry. What a lot of us living in DuPage County and Milton Township do not know is over the last 20 years, poverty in DuPage County has grown by 185 percent. Nearly 60,000 people here live in poverty, defined by the federal government as earning $22,350 a year for a family of four. Poverty has gone from something that was rarely encountered in this community, and certainly no one thought it was here, to an issue that we encounter every day. One of the most important ways you can help is to make a donation to the Milton Township Food Pantry. You can help make someone’s life a little easier, please support the Milton Township Food Pantry.
Ted Schnell (Editor) October 29, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Folks, personal attacks are not acceptable under Patch's terms of use, a link to which I will include here. I will be deleting those comments I believe have crossed the line. http://wheaton.patch.com/terms
O.B.A. October 30, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Ted, is there a reason You do not think Ralph Dinkle crossed the line and remove his post? He is doing "personal attacks" against Milton Township. Peoples Resource is NO better than Milton Township in the needs of donations as they both serve People in need, so to make the post he did was just wrong and shocked to see that it still stands posted. In honesty so many People donate to PRC, and PRC gets a LARGE amount of cash donations as well as LARGE amounts of food donated from Private parties as well as Businesses. Many People have no idea about Milton Township food pantry and I think that is the reason donations to them are so low.
Ted Schnell (Editor) October 31, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Ralph, it is true that criticism of a government entity is considered fair commentary -- or opinion. But your choice of a pseudonym that mimics the name of a township employee. Would you would consider changing it?
Valued Employee October 31, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Fair enough. For the sake of respect to you and the Patch, and not to distract from the main issues, I have changed the name. Please understand, though, that this particular Township Employee has been the center of some controversy, ofwhich is public record and fair commentary does apply. I would challenge you first, to look in to Milton township, and you will find, as I have found deep concerns on how Milton township government is run... A good start is to view this public meeting on you tube, a person you may recognize and get a good overview of some of the problems in Milton township.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW1RQc5EFpU
Valued Employee October 31, 2013 at 07:12 AM
For the uniformed, there is no such thing as "personal attack of a government entity" As far as the differences between PRC and Milton is this... Very little accountability for the inventory taken in as stated by the audits done by Miriani and associates. http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Milton-SAS115LetterFYE2012-03.pdf This is in contrast to PRC which are volunteer based and have in place strict inventory control. This fact and other is not a personal attack if they are true... again Google "Milton township" and learn.
William Heath October 31, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Yes, by all means lets be fair. The so called "valued employee" and we all know who he is, has an axe to grind with Milton Township. When this individual was refused a job at the township he started showing up at government meetings with his video camera and posting them to youtube as he has stated above. You should know there large gaps in the dates and he edits the youtube videos to make them look like something they are not. It's an old trick used by individuals to mislead the public. What's really sad here is the food pantry helps many less fortunate people -- why is this person attacking a very valuable and needed resource within Milton Township? Not to mention the employees who work so hard to keep the food pantry going and help the needy. It makes no sense and it really leaves you scratching your head and wondering what's in the person's mind and heart.
O.B.A. October 31, 2013 at 09:45 AM
It is really sad when someone helpful and kind posts looking for much needed help for the local Food Pantry, that helps so many local Families be able to have food on the table, and someone has to comment negative about it. This sure was/is not the place to take Your frustrations out on Milton Township and still shocks Me that the Editor allows it to continue. THE FOOD PANTRY IS NEEDED TO HELP LOCAL PEOPLE. Unless You plan to "feed" these Families who need food to eat, maybe You should take Your anger out personally in the Township meetings where it should be handled and not on here.
Valued Employee November 02, 2013 at 04:19 PM
KILL the MESSENGER, WAVE THE FLAG and ignore the published facts. I didn't cause the problems at Milton township, nor I have any political or monetary gain in what I am doing. The videos and published facts out in public tell the story far better then the clumsy ad hominem attacks you see here, in order to deflect away from the real issues by those posting, who are very likely highly paid principles in this story. 1 Recommend


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