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Brandt Excavating, United Meters help We Care’s Pantry

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:05 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Brandt Excavating and United Meters Inc. donated more than $750 last month to help We Care purchase 5,674 pounds of food from Northern Illinois Food Bank and provided volunteers to unload the truck and stock the shelves.

“We enjoy doing this with our employees, family and friends to be able to give back to the community that’s been so good to us,” said Lori Brandt, in a news release on behalf of both companies. “This year, we even had friends visiting from Florida and California who helped out.”

During the month since the last Fill the Pantry, We Care has helped 274 families from its food pantry. We Care receives a monthly delivery of food for its pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The NIFB is able to provide food, cleaning and personal hygiene products to food pantries at prices that are unattainable in grocery stores, such as 16 oz. bags of cereal for 23 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 canned salmon, raisins, dried cranberries, orange juice, whole grain spaghetti, apple sauce, blueberries and whole chickens. Upcoming Fill the Pantry sponsors include LyondellBasell, Morris Hospital, and Talty Chevrolet.

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 at 520 W. Illinois Ave., Morris. For information, visit

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