Members of 100+ Women Who Care of Will County recently donated $5,100 to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mobile pantry program to support food distributions in Will County.
Mobile pantries are one way the Food Bank distributes food directly to neighbors in need, serving up to 150 households at a time.
A mobile pantry is a “traveling food pantry” stocked with thousands of pounds of nutritious food including meat, milk, eggs, produce and shelf-stable items. The donation will be used to support three mobile pantry distributions in Will County.
During this time of increased need due to COVID-19 and the effects it is having on our economy and neighbors, Northern Illinois Food Bank is utilizing mobile pantries as a strategic and effective way to distribute food to neighbors safely.
The food bank has doubled the quantity of mobile pantry distributions to 18, six days per week, and has doubled the capacity of each mobile, to serve up to 200 families per distribution. The Food Bank sends mobile pantries to underserved, high-need areas where other food pantries may have closed, or other food resources are unavailable.
Member Pat Fera said in a news release from 100+ WWC, "Due to the COVID pandemic, several of our local food banks and soup kitchens have had to temporarily had to cease operation and are not able to provide much needed food to our Will County neighbors.
"This donation will ensure that several mobile food pantries occur in Will County to assist with the significant need for food during this difficult time."
Northern Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Pantry and Catholic Charities will distribute food at St. Mary Immaculate Parish on June 12.
The church is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59 Plainfield. The distribution will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
100+ Women Who Care is a philanthropic group formed for local women who are interested in supporting their communities by contributing to Will County charities.
All 100+ WWC members/teams make a pledge to donate $100 four times a year. At each of the quarterly meetings members nominate charities, three are chosen at random, and after a brief presentation, the members vote on which charity to support.
Once the winning charity is announced, everyone writes a $100 check, on the spot directly to that charity. All charities nominated must be located in, and serve Will County and must have 501(c)(3) non-profit status.