COVID-19 Impact on Hunger
HUNGER DURING CRISIS
Aurora Food Pantry is bracing for Coronavirus impact – and we need YOUR help! Now that corona has been spotted in Kane County – we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of our team, volunteers and neighbors who count on us for food. Staying open and keeping the flow of fresh groceries going is priority number one. In order to do so, we are effectuating a soft shut down of our facility. Rather than having the market open to the public for “free shop” – we are securing the building and preparing “fresh family boxes” with enough food to sustain a family for 1 week (families may visit us 1x/week).
- Our drive-thru pantry runs on Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM until 12PM.
- One cart per car. Please remain in your vehicle at all times and do not roll your windows down.
We desperately need hand soap and sanitizer, Lysol, clorox wipes, disposable gloves and face masks. We proudly accept handmade face masks. If you are able to give any of these items, please drop them off at 1110 Jericho Road in Aurora on Monday or Wednesday from 8AM until 3PM.
Now more than ever we are in need of your support. With people out of work and kids out of school, families are struggling to pay their basic living expenses and putting food on the table. COVID-19 and hunger have no boundaries. Every dollar you donate, provides families with $7 worth of food even during this crisis.
- We need helping hands in the low-risk age group (18-40) on Tuesday and Thursday from 8AM until 2PM.
- Please contact us at (630)897-2127 to sign up. Minors and seniors are unable to serve for their safety and well-being.
DRIVE-THRU PANTRY ON NBC CHICAGO
Chris Coffey came out to cover our first drive-thru pantry amid COVID-19. We have seen a 34% increase in families requesting food assistance since the pandemic reached Illinois. With our main parking lot reaching its capacity multiple times throughout each distribution day, we rely on Aurora Police Department Cadets to direct traffic and mediate any frustrations from neighbors.
To continue to sustain the need during these trying times, we need people like you to help us fight hunger in the face of crisis. On a typical day we feed 300 families but our days have been nothing close to normal. Due to COVID-19, we are providing fresh produce, meat and dairy to over 1,400 individuals each distribution day. This is no small feat; our lean – but mean – team jumped into action to ensure our neighbors are fed but also healthy. Will you take action today by making a gift of any amount you feel compelled to contribute?