Aurora food pantry drive-thru giveaway to offer food, household products March 5

  • Pastor Kyle Dern, right, helps patrons select free food and household items at a Feb. 24 distribution at Calvary Church in Naperville by Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Some 42 families were served.

    Pastor Kyle Dern, right, helps patrons select free food and household items at a Feb. 24 distribution at Calvary Church in Naperville by Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Some 42 families were served. Courtesy of Al Benson

 
 
Updated 3/2/2022 12:28 AM

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry's mobile pantry will hold a drive-thru giveaway of food and household products on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at White Oak Library, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive in Crest Hill.

The public is invited. Admission is free. Registration is not required.

 

The mobile pantry will distribute foods including meat, juice and macaroni and cheese mix. Also, toilet paper, laundry detergent and other household items will be offered.

Pop-up drive-thru distributions will continue Friday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, Route 59, Naperville; and Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at Restoration Church, 1460 W. Indian Trail Road in Aurora.

Women-only distributions will be Thursday, March 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Restoration Church, 1460 W. Indian Trail Road in Aurora; Thursday, April 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Aurora Public Library Eola branch; and Thursday, May 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Vineyard Aurora Church, 505 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

In April, some distributions will be held in conjunction with Aurora Public Library bookmobile visits to neighborhoods. Details will be announced.

Some 42 families were served Thursday, Feb. 24, at Calvary Church in Naperville said Rebecca Dunnigan, pantry community outreach and program director.

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Since 2021, Interfaith mobile pantries have visited parking lots at churches, schools, libraries and senior and low-income residences. Mobile-pantry partners with Interfaith are Fox Valley Park District, Calvary Church of Naperville and Blessings in a Backpack of Chicago.

At mobile pantries, food for 200 families is available on a first-come basis. Items distributed include granola bars, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, eggs, ground beef, cereal, applesauce, apple juice and box dinners. Additionally, when available, laundry detergent, toilet paper, hand soap, kids' band aids, hand sanitizer and school supplies are distributed.

Patrons do not need to leave their vehicles to claim food. Pantry volunteers observe pandemic safety procedures when loading bags of groceries valued at $100 into patrons' vehicles.

Call (630) 692-3061, e-mail rdunnigan@aurorafoodpantry.org or visit aurorafoodpantry.org for more information.

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