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Mission Accomplished

Peace Lutheran Church helps Fill the Pantry

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 10:33 a.m. CST
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Some young volunteers jump in to help, carrying boxes of crackers into the food pantry at We Care of Grundy County following the monthly delivery by the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which was sponsored in July by Peace Lutheran Church.

On Friday, July 26, Peace Lutheran Church helped We Care of Grundy County purchase over 7,700 pounds of food from Northern Illinois Food Bank and provided volunteers to unload the truck and stock the shelves.

“One of our biggest missions is to reach out into the community to serve others. This is a great opportunity for youth and adults to work together to help those in need,” says Judy Stemen, volunteer secretary, Peace Lutheran Church.

We Care receives a monthly delivery of food for its pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The NIFB is able to provide food to food pantries at prices that are unattainable in grocery stores, such as 11-ounce bags of cereal for 18 cents each, 5.7-ounce boxes of macaroni and cheese for 9 cents each, and 16-ounce boxes of pancake mix for 18 cents each.

In addition to the food that We Care purchases with the donations, the food pantry also receives food that is provided for free as part of the Emergency Food Program. The EFP provided peanut butter, canned mixed fruit, grapefruit juice, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti sauce, chicken leg quarters, ham, whole chickens, seasoned pork patties, beef stew, diced tomatoes, yellow cling peaches, leg of lamb roasts, blueberries, and turkeys.

During the month since the previous Fill the Pantry, We Care had helped feed 239 families from its food pantry.

Upcoming Fill the Pantry sponsors include  LyondellBasell, Talty Chevrolet, and New Community Christian Church.

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

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