Pop-up pantry for 1,000 families on Monday in Aurora

AURORA, IL – Residents can stop by Aurora’s Phillips Park on Monday morning to collect groceries from Aurora City’s eighth pop-up pantry.

Food boxes contain fresh meat, dairy and produce, the press release said. Residents do not need to show ID to receive boxes of groceries, but should expect lines to form early on for transit distribution.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said city officials worked with local pantries over the past year to provide food to more than 11,000 families, with food insecurity “a major concern during the pandemic”.

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The city will continue to have monthly pop-up pantries throughout the summer to help families “facing financial burdens again after the moratoria on evictions and utility shutdowns expire,” Irvin said.

“As we see the light at the end of this COVID tunnel, in reality we are still in the tunnel,” Irvin said in the press release.

City officials are looking for student volunteers who can earn credit for community service over the spring break, the press release said. Students can Sign up here to volunteer.

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness of the millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that about 42 million Americans may not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social patch project. Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.

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