AURORA, IL – The Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry honors veterans with more than one greeting on this Memorial Day.
The pantry is located at 1110 Jericho Road. Aurora will host a free food distribution event for military personnel in the area on Friday, May 28, from 10am to 12pm.
Veterans, active staff, and Gold Star families are invited to the event, where volunteers load vehicles with bags of groceries such as meat, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and non-perishable items. Participants are asked to bring ID with them.
Shannon Cameron, executive director of the Pantry, said the event’s co-sponsors are the Fox Valley Marine Corps League, Illinois Joining Forces, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
The event begins at 9:50 am with a prayer. A color watchdog will release the colors and pantry officials, elected officials and representatives from veterans groups have been invited to speak. Students from the high school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps units were also invited.
Banners are displayed on the pantry terrace with photos and information about local veterans for visitors to ponder.
According to Cameron, Interfaith has been hosting an annual veteran pantry around Memorial Day since 2016. The pantries of the past served around 90 veterans, including many first-time visitors.
“Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry hopes to reach out to even more veterans at this year’s event and introduce them to our weekly services,” said Cameron. “Every veteran in the ward is welcome to come weekly and receive approximately $ 140 worth of groceries with each visit.”
The Veteran’s Pantry is one of several Memorial Day activities held across the community to honor veterans.
Kris Kearns, Commandant of the Fox Valley Marine Corps League, said, “We encourage all veterans to help us remember the fallen and to honor all of our veterans. This is an opportunity for us to meet all who have served in their service to thank.” We hope that all of the veterans in the ward will join us. “
Cameron stated the importance of getting this message across to veterans who need it most.
“While this is a gift for all veterans, we urge veterans and other community members to make special efforts to extend this invitation to all veterans they know are having problems, as the gift of groceries gives them an added bonus Level of support. ” said Cameron. “Veterans have given so much to our country and we are honored to serve them.”