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Non-partisan Philanthropy

Sen. Rezin sponsors October food pantry

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 11:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 12:04 a.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of We Care of Grundy County)
A volunteer at the Oct. 10 mobile food pantry chuckles about the fact unloading flour for distribution to families in need proved to be a messy job. The next mobile food pantry will be Nov. 14 at the Diamond Banquet Hall in Diamond.

Approximately 175 area families took part in the mobile food pantry in Gardner on Wednesday, Oct. 10, which was sponsored by Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin.

With a total of 10,959 pounds of food delivered, each household received approximately 62 pounds of food. Included in what they received was nine pounds of frozen meat and a wide variety of other items, including flour, hot dogs, cheese, lunchmeat, barbecue sauce, sweet potatoes, frozen yogurt bites, and bread.

“I enjoy the opportunity to work with We Care and help those in need in Grundy County. We Care does a great job and I’m just happy to be able to help,” said Senator Rezin.

The next mobile food pantry is sponsored by Standard Bank and will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daley St., Diamond.

Registration will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Any family that resides in Grundy County and is in need of assistance with food is welcome to come to these food distributions.

Recipients are asked to provide proof of their residency, either with a valid drivers’ license, state I.D. or utility bill with their current Grundy County address.

Every person in line will be asked to show this proof, even if they have been to a mobile food pantry in the past.

Please note that this and all future mobile food pantries will be non-smoking events.

Smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the premises.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a container to carry the items they will receive; plastic laundry baskets and wheeled carts work well for this purpose.

It is not necessary to let We Care know if you plan to attend the distributions, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call the We Care office at (815) 942-6389.

Upcoming mobile food pantry sponsors include New Community Christian Church and First Christian Church.

We Care is looking for mobile food pantry sponsors for 2013. Please call the  office for details if you are interested.

We Care is a local nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, utility and prescription assistance.

We Care is a United Way partner agency and is funded primarily by private donations.

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