GARDNER – About 140 area families took part in the mobile food pantry sponsored by Operation St. Nick on Wednesday at the Gardner American Legion.
With a total of 7,207 pounds of food delivered, each household received about 51 pounds of food, including 10 pounds of frozen meat and a wide variety of other items including canned fruits and vegetables, small seedless watermelons, tomatoes, granola bars, cereal and bread, according to a news release.
“It’s always a win-win situation for everyone when we team up with We Care to provide assistance to families in need here in Grundy County. It was a pleasure for me to be back in Gardner to help families that are having difficulties financially after this hard winter,” Joe Schmitz, president of St. Nick, said in the news release. “The winter took a bigger toll on those families that are in need, because of utility increases and the increase in the cost of a gallon of gas. The Northern Illinois Food Bank and We Care are a blessing for these families.”
“I’m sure there are people out there who only think of Operation St. Nick as the organization that helps with Christmas gifts for kids,” We Care’s Denise Gaska added in the news release. “While they do Christmas extremely well and have made so many little faces smile on Christmas morning, sponsoring mobile pantries is just one more of the many ways they serve those in need in our community. From disaster relief to school supplies and clothing, and everything in between, I know that Grundy County is very fortunate to have such a benevolent group in our midst that is always willing to lend a hand wherever they can.”
The next mobile food pantry is sponsored by Geo’s Pizza and Reeves Funeral Home and will be June 11 at the Diamond Banquet Hall. Registration will begin at about 3:45 p.m. Distribution will begin at 5 p.m.
Any family that resides in Grundy County and is in need of assistance with food is welcome to come to the mobile food pantry. Attendees are asked to provide proof of their residency either with a valid driver’s license, state ID or utility bill with their current Grundy County address.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a container to carry items they will receive. Upcoming mobile food pantry sponsors include Kay Olson and First Christian Church, Mazon State Bank, ITW Filtration and Seco Systems.
We Care organizes mobile food pantries the second Wednesday of each month in Grundy County.
Visit www.wecareofgrundy.com and click on “Upcoming Events” for information.