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Two chickens in every pot

Around 125 local families benefit from Marketti memorial food distribution

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 9:24 a.m. CDT
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(Photo courtesy of We Care of Grundy County)
Volunteers from Gardner South Wilmington High School and the Gardner Lions Club organize Lunchables for distribution during the monthly mobile food pantry. The Northern Illinois Food Pantry delivery on Wednesday, Feb. 13, was sponsored as a memorial to the late Sheriff Terry Marketti.

Approximately 125 area families took part in the mobile food pantry at the American Legion in Gardner on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Sponsored as a memorial to the late Sheriff Terry Marketti, the monthly food distribution was staffed by volunteers from the Gardner Lions Club and Gardner South Wilmington High School.

With a total of 9,511 pounds of food delivered, each household received approximately 76 pounds of food, including 29 pounds of frozen meat (which included a turkey or ham and two whole chickens) and a wide variety of other items, including cereal, fresh onions, green grapes, lunch meat, cheese and bread.

The next mobile food pantry is sponsored by Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, and will take place on Wednesday, March 13, at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daley St., Diamond. Registration will begin at approximately 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 these food distributions. Recipients are asked to provide proof of their residency, either with a valid drivers’ license, state I.D. or utility bill with their current Grundy County address. Every person in line will be asked to show this proof, even if they have been to a mobile food pantry in the past.

Please note that this and all future mobile food pantries will be non-smoking events. Smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the premises.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a container to carry the items they will receive; plastic laundry baskets and wheeled carts work well for this purpose. It is not necessary to let We Care know if you plan to attend the distributions, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call the We Care office at (815) 942-6389.

Upcoming mobile food pantry sponsors include Morris Kiwanis Club 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.

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RETURN VISIT

• The next scheduled visit by the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry is set for Wednesday, March 13, at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daley St., Diamond.

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

• All food recipients must present proof of Grundy County residency in order to participate.

• Chaurchase in advance at the church office, by calling the church office at (815) 467-5275, or by e-mailing familyministries@cumc.com. Organizers suggest getting tickets as soon as possible.

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