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Fulfilling its mission

Morris Kiwanis Club helps feed over 100 local families

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 10:57 a.m. CST
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(Photo courtesy of We Care of Grundy County)
Volunteers from the Morris Kiwanis Club pack sweet potatoes into bags for distribution during a mobile food pantry held in Mazon during April.

It was a dark and stormy day, but despite the threatening skies, over 110 area families still took part in the mobile food pantry in Mazon on Wednesday, April 10, which was sponsored by Morris Kiwanis Club.

With a total of 7,810 pounds of food delivered, each household received approximately 70 pounds of food, including 14 pounds of frozen meat and a wide variety of other items, including sweet potatoes, onions, juice, cereal, canned fruit, coffee and bread.

“We would like to thank the Morris Kiwanis Club for sponsoring the event and getting such a large group of volunteers to come out even though the weather was uncooperative,” said Denise Gaska, executive director of We Care.

“A special thanks, as well, to the Mazon Fire Department, who allowed us to move the mobile pantry from Mazon Park to the shelter of their garage to keep the volunteers and recipients safe.”

“Helping the community and its children is a major part of the Kiwanis Club’s mission. Being able to provide hands-on help to community organizations such as the We Care mobile food pantry was an excellent way for Kiwanis members to make the most of serving children and families who need assistance,” said Scott Shannon of Morris Kiwanis Club.

“An added bonus was getting to see all the volunteers working together and keeping an upbeat atmosphere even in the inclement weather.”

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 all mobile food pantries are 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 us 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 Geo’s Pizza, Morris Hospital and First 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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