The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is hosting their third free giveaway for children on Saturday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Simmons Park across from the Aurora Police Department on Indian Trail Road.
The public is invited. Food for 200 guests is offered subject to availability. No registration is required.
Foods to be distributed are granola bars, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, noodle sauce, eggs, ground beef, granola, applesauce, apple juice, and skillet boxes.
Partners are Calvary Church in Naperville, in the Fox Valley Park District and a new partner, Blessings in a Backpack.
Rebecca “Becky” Dunnigan, pantry community outreach and program coordinator, said Blessings will be delivering food packages for pop-ups starting Saturday.
Dunnigan is assisted by Rev. Kyle Dern, pastor of Calvary Outreach, who drives a church truck that carries groceries into the park.
Approximately 10 volunteers from the pantry and Golgotha congregations will load bags of groceries into visitors’ vehicles.
Dunnigan stated, “These pop-ups have items specifically for kids. We plan to schedule these kids pop-ups twice a month.”
Future pop-ups could include school supplies for distance and face-to-face learning, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, mittens, hats, scarves, game, costumed characters, and on-site dental exams.
Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry started the pop-ups in January. The February 6 event served 79 families, including 117 children, Dunnigan said.
Call (630) 692-3061 or visit aurorafoodpantry.org for more information.