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We Care gathers almost 9,000 pounds of food

Approximately 151 area families took part in the mobile food pantry Oct. 9, sponsored by Standard Bank at the Gardner American Legion.

With a total of 8,893 pounds of food delivered, each household received approximately 57 pounds of food, according to a news release from We Care of Grundy County.

“It was a perfect fall evening to disperse the food and it always feels good to be able to give back to our community and help those who may have fallen on hard times,” Kelly Beaty, president of Standard Bank, said in the news release.

The next mobile food pantry will be sponsored by state Rep. John Anthony and is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daley St., Diamond.

Registration will begin around 3:45 p.m. with distribution starting at 5 p.m.

Any family residing in Grundy County and in need of food assistance is welcome to come to these food distributions. Recipients are asked to provide proof of residency either with a valid drivers’ license, state ID or utility bill with their current Grundy County address.

All mobile food pantries are nonsmoking events.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a container to carry items received; plastic laundry baskets and wheeled carts work well for this purpose.

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

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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