What We Do
PROGRAMS WE OFFER
The Aurora Food Pantry is committed to providing nutritious food relief to the community in a humanitarian and compassionate manner. When surveyed, 99% of clients reported that they were satisfied with the food they received and 93% reported that the food helped their families improve their overall health.
Through client choice, our neighbors can select the food that best meet their needs. The number of items a client receives is determined by the size of their family and the stock available. By offering choice, less food goes to waste, clients can better plan meals for their family’s needs, and we are able to serve our community with dignity and compassion.
Food Distribution Programs
Weekly Distributions – We believe access to fresh, nutritious food is everyone’s right. While most pantries allow neighbors to visit every other week or once a month, people may visit the Aurora Food Pantry once a week.
Pantry To-Go – Many people have struggled with health or transportation issues that rendered them unable to visit the pantry. This program is designed to help get a box of food to supplement our neighbors who are unable to come to the pantry. We have now expanded this program thanks to our partnership with DoorDash.
Pet Pantry – Through our monthly pet pantry we are able to provide emergency and long-term pet food assistance to those in need. We want to make sure loving pets can stay with their families.
Mobile Pantry Programs
Kids’ Pop-Up Pantry – Aurora Food Pantry, in collaboration with Calvary Church of Naperville and Blessing in A Backpack, host a monthly pop-up pantry. Each pop-up serves 200 families on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. Items distributed include family and kid-friendly foods along with school supplies and toiletries when available.
Women’s Empowerment Mobile Pantry – The goal of this mobile pantry is to provide menstrual hygiene products, diapers, wipes, food/snacks and general hygiene products. Funded through a grant provided by the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, this targeted mobile pantry provides people in the Aurora community with basic everyday necessities.
Senior & Low Income Pop-Up Pantry – In collaboration with Calvary Church of Naperville we host pop-up pantries at senior living centers, supportive living and low-income apartment complexes throughout the surrounding areas. Designed to support people who are either on fixed or extremely low income, we distribute to them fresh produce and other healthy options.
Hesed House LIGHTHouse Pop-UP Pantry – In partnership with Hesed House LIGHTHouse program, we provide weekly groceries to residents who have transitioned out of Hesed House to apartments at two locations in Aurora.
Text-to-Feed – Starting in Fall 2022 | In response to the need for emergency food assistance, neighbors can text “food” to our emergency hotline where they will be connected to a staff member. Staff will prepare groceries to be delivered and connect anyone who texted the number to additional resources they may need.
Backpack Program – Starting in Fall 2022 | Piloting the program at an Aurora Elementary School, students who are on free or reduced lunch will be provided kid-friendly foods for the weekends and long breaks.
Food Rescue Program
Food waste is a huge problem in the United States. According to the Department of Agriculture, 33 million tons of perfectly edible food ends up in landfills each year – that’s 40% of all the food produced in the United States!
To help correct this unsustainable situation, Aurora Food Pantry has greatly expanded its food rescue operation over the last several years. Each week, we make more than 40 trips to retrieve perfectly edible food, donated by grocery stores, food wholesalers and local farmers. The items we get through food rescue are mostly fresh foods that we don’t receive through traditional food drives, such as meat, dairy, eggs, produce and bread.
Hunger is but one aspect of poverty. Therefore, we proudly partner with a wide variety of community organizations that are on-site several times a month to help enrich and improve the lives of our neighbors.