Kane County Health Department officials engaged in the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry’s mobile pop-up children’s pantry on Saturday, June 5.
Health Department workers Heliana Hernandez and Olga Deltoro packed gift bags with literature in English and Spanish, hand sanitizer, and other items for food families.
Baby stages from 0 to 36 months, the Igrow: Early Start. Bright Future program, lead poisoning hazards and free COVID-19 vaccinations have been discussed in the literature.
Interfaith outreach coordinator Rebecca Dunnigan said Saturday’s mobile pantry served 127 families, including 321 children.
The next mobile pantry will take place on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The place will be announced. Needy families from the area are invited.
Admission is free. Identification is not required. Food for 200 families is offered on a first-come basis. Items to be distributed include granola bars, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, eggs, ground beef, granola, applesauce, apple juice, and box dinners.
In addition, toilet paper, detergent, toiletries and books from the Aurora Public Library will be included. Fox Valley United Way will provide information on its programs.
Pantry volunteers hand out food and other items during drive-through giveaways. Patrons do not have to leave their vehicles to claim food. Volunteers following pandemic safety procedures load $ 140 worth of grocery bags into guests’ vehicles.
The event has been Interfaith’s 13th bi-weekly mobile pantry since January. Previous drive-thrus have taken place in Aurora, Oswego, Montgomery, Plano, and Crest Hill.
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is partnering with Fox Valley Park District, Calvary Church of Naperville, and Blessings in a Backpack of Chicago to provide free groceries, books, and household items to local families during the pop-ups.
Dunnigan’s assistant is Rev. Kyle Dern, Calvary Outreach Pastor. He drives a church truck that transports groceries to the distribution points. About 10 volunteers, including Golgotha congregations and food pantry staff, help out in the pantries.
Call (630) 692-3061 or visit aurorafoodpantry.org for more information.