Starting in September, We Care of Grundy County will bechanging hours of operation for the onsite food pantry at 530 Bedford Road,Morris, in an effort to provide clients with fair and consistent food choicesand add to We Care’s services and outreach.
“The pantry hours aregoing to move to afternoon’s only,” said Executive Director, Eric Scott Fisher,“ which will give our volunteers the opportunity to stock the shelves in themorning and have everything ready to go by the afternoon. That way, folks whoare coming in who are in need of food willall have the same choices and variety. Since much of the food that we give out each day comes in the morningand is given out that day, we have found that the afternoon makes much moresense for distribution. We just want tomake sure that those who are in need of food get the best selection we can givethem.”
The new hours for the food pantry will be Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday , and Friday 1 P.M.-3:30 P.M. with fresh and bread being availablefrom 3:30 P.M.-4 P.M. and Thursday 1 P.M. -5 P.M. with fresh and bread being availablefrom 5 P.M.-5:30 P.M. The food pantry isavailable once every thirty days for Grundy County residents who earn an incomeof 200% of the federal poverty level or below. Fresh fruits and vegetables andbread are available everyday for Grundy residents with the same qualification.
In addition to providing a better stock of food choices forWe Care clientele, the change in hours will create an opportunity for We Careto build on the Pathway of Hope program as well as move into a satellite spacetwo mornings each week in Coal City.
The satellite office islocated at 100 South Baima in Coal City behind the Coal City Intermediate Schooland is being provided by Help4Hope. We Care and Help4Hope will be workingtogether out of this office. While Help4Hope will be providing food pantry andpersonal hygiene products, We Care will be offering Pathway of Hope andRent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance. We Care will be working at this locationTuesday mornings providing rent/mortgage and utility assistance from 8:30-noonand Wednesdays from 8:30-noon for Pathway of Hope.
“We are looking forward to alot of new and exciting changes this year,” said Fisher, “and believe that theultimate outcome will be better ways to help struggling folks in Grundy Countywork through their crisis situations and find self-sufficiency.”
We Care is a local nonprofit agency that providesemergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, clothing,rent, utility and prescription assistance. We Care is a United Way partneragency and is funded primarily by private donations. We Care is located at 530W. Bedford Rd., Morris. For more information visit our web site at: www.wecareofgrundy.com.