Colleagues from Florida volunteer at Aurora Meals Pantry

Aurora’s Kevin Krienitz came home from Florida for another spring break.

On March 6, 2016 Plainfield East High School alum was among eight college students from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida who volunteered for a public drive-through food distribution.

Aurora Area’s Interfaith Pantry held its fourth bi-weekly distribution in Montgomery this Saturday in Austin Park, Montgomery, and attracted 176 families, including 409 children.

Krienitz is a Senior Practical Ministry Major at Southeastern, a private liberal arts university in central Florida. He joined seven SU ​​colleagues who loaded bags with groceries and rucksacks into the guests’ vehicles.

For the first time, 40 age- and gender-appropriate filled backpacks have been donated by Family Focus Aurora, a non-profit organization committed to the wellbeing of children. The backpacks included socks, toys, crayons, and coloring books.

Event partners included the Aurora Pantry, the Fox Valley Park District, the Calvary Church of Naperville and Blessings in a Backpack of Chicago.

Rebecca “Becky” Dunnigan, Interfaith Pantry Community Outreach and Program Coordinator, announced that the next pop-up distribution will take place on Saturday, March 20th, from 10am to 12pm at Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Road, Oswego becomes.

The public is invited. Food for 200 guests is offered subject to availability. No registration is required.

Foods to be distributed include granola bars, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, noodles, noodle sauce, eggs, ground beef, granola, applesauce, apple juice, and skillet foods.

In addition to Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, partners are Calvary Church in Naperville, in the Fox Valley Park District, and a new partner, Blessings in a Backpack.

In a Friday March 5, Fox 32 TV interview on Zoom, Dunnigan previewed the Montgomery distribution and discussed the area’s needs for hunger.

Rev. Kyle Dern, Pastor of Calvary Outreach, assists Dunnigan with drive-thru driving and driving a church truck that carries groceries to distribution points. Approximately 10 people gathered at Golgotha ​​and volunteers in the pantry load bags of food into visitors’ vehicles as part of pandemic protocols.

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 Area Interfaith Food Pantry started the pop-ups in January.

Call (630) 692-3061 or visit aurorafoodpantry.org for more information.

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