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City workers lend a hand

We Care receives extra food to meet flood-related demand

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:57 a.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of We Care of Grundy County)
Morris Public Works employees carry food into We Care’s food pantry on Wednesday. When We Care received an unexpected supplemental shipment of food help meet demand after the flood, the city provided assistance unloading it.

On Wednesday, We Care of Grundy County received a supplemental shipment of food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Knowing that We Care has been inundated with requests for food and financial aid due to the flood, the NIFB called and offered to provide an additional load of food to help replenish the food pantry’s quickly diminishing supply.

“Of course, we were thrilled to get their offer of a load of free food,” said Denise Gaska, We Care’s executive director.

“We weren’t sure what size the load would be. When it arrived, we found there were 8 pallets of food. We had a couple of extra volunteers on hand, but that’s not enough to bring in that much food. We needed a lot of help and quickly.

“Since this load was a result of all the flooding, I was pretty sure we could count on the city of Morris for some help. I called Mayor Kopczick and asked if we could borrow some city employees for a few minutes. Within 5 minutes, about 10 guys showed up and had the load of 6,424 pounds in our pantry within 15 minutes. What a blessing they were!”

“We are glad that we could be of assistance and that Denise was quick on her feet to call us,” said Dick Kopczick, mayor of Morris.

“This is just another way that Public Works was able to assist the community,” “We Care would also like to thank the Northern Illinois Food Bank for their partnership in helping our food supply during a time of crisis,” said Gaska.

The delivery included bagged spinach, onions, bread, cereal, crackers, cookies, and a wide variety of mixed canned and boxed goods.

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.

We Care is located at 520 W. Illinois Ave., in CanalPort Community Center, Morris.

For more information, visit the We Care web site at

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