2021 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Esther Lindor, Essential Services Hero 

In 2019, Esther Lindor was one of Lakeview Pantry’s earliest innovators to help lead and manage its Online Market to ensure that families in need have access to nutritious food. This program was timely as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food needs for many families that were suddenly struggling to make ends meet. Today, there are pick-up sites in Sheridan, Avondale, La Casa Norte, Chicago’s South Side, and more. The novel Online Market provides clients the flexibility to select items for their families, order groceries on any mobile device and schedule a convenient time for pickup.

Because of her service to the community and creativity, the Red Cross is honoring Esther with the 2021 Essential Services Hero award, sponsored by United Airlines

United Airlines is proud to partner with the American Red Cross because lifting up communities in crisis after disaster is a cornerstone of United’s commitment to the communities where we live, work and fly.  Together with the Red Cross and other disaster response partners United Airlines uses their people and planes to deliver aid and volunteers where and when it matters most. United is especially honored to sponsor this year’s Essential Service Hero, Esther Lindor, and her innovative work with food insecurity during this very unprecedented time, creating a safe and efficient way for people to access food throughout this pandemic. 

Learn more about the 2021 Red Cross Heroes, and how you can help here. All gifts will be matched up to $215,000 through May 2021, thanks to the generous local support of Better, Fran & John Edwardson, and Susan & Nick Noyes. Make a gift today!