Aurora is offering a pop-up pantry on Thursday

To meet the growing community need for food during the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Aurora is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Quad County Urban League, Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, and Ward 3 Alderman Ted Mesiacos, to provide this free groceries for families.

“The demand for food in our pantries has doubled and tripled in the past two months,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin, who recently spoke to the managers of several Aurora pantries. “With transportation lines literally stretching across blocks during food distribution days, it is clear that we must continue to find additional ways to get fresh groceries into our families’ hands and homes.”

One such opportunity is the city’s Pop-Up Food Pantry from 9 am to 11 am Thursday at Philips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. At the site, which can provide food for up to 800 families, cars can drive through the contactless distribution line, where volunteers place a packed box in the back seat or trunk. Enter the park from Smith Boulevard near the intersection of Fifth Avenue next to East Aurora High School.

All meals are free and are offered subject to availability. Traffic is managed by Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Emergency Management Agency with support from the Citizens Police Academy of Aurora Alumni.

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