For the seventh time since the pandemic began, the state’s second largest city is home to a city-wide pop-up pantry just in time for Christmas.
The city of Aurora works with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to ensure more than 1,500 families have food on the table for the holidays.
From Tuesday, December 22nd, 9:00 am, the Holiday Hope Pop-Up Pantry will open its touch-free food distribution in Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive.
Every needy family receives boxes of fresh meat, produce and dairy products. No registration is required and no ID is required.
One hundred Aurora city workers – including mayors, councilors, police officers, firefighters, public works, and town hall workers – volunteer to distribute food and greet visitors with Christmas carols as they walk through the line. The city is launching its new City Serve initiative, which allows employees to serve the community year-round during working hours.
“As the need for food has grown during this pandemic, so has the desire to meet that need,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “Food insecurity has been an increasing challenge in Aurora for months. I am glad that our people are taking the lead to serve our community beyond traditional roles. We will continue to do so in the New Year.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus – played by two city employees – will also have a special appearance to bring more joy to families and children visiting Holiday Hope Food Distribution.
Aurora started running monthly pop-up pantries in the spring and has nearly doubled the number of families it cares for thanks to the Coronavirus Federal Assistance Program operated by Northern Illinois Food.
Last month, the city fed 1,500 families for the Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway.