ROCKFORD -- The Northern Illinois Food Bank has moved their location from Loves Park to Rockford, for more space. The new location has a loading dock, which makes it easier for them to help the 70,000 people they serve each week.
Food Bank representative, Julie Yurko, says, “This facility, being a larger facility, has a better layout. We can welcome more volunteers, and it's safer. It just means we can do even more for our neighbors in need. So we are hopeful and excited.”
Brad Woodbury, who volunteers for Reformers Unanimous, an addiction treatment center in Rockford, says the food bank will help all of his students. “The quality of meals we get each day, now because of this, has just really taken the standard to a different level.”
Right now in Winnebago County alone, one in every four children is at risk of going hungry. So the Northern Illinois Food Bank wants to change that.
“We want to meet that meal gap by 2020. We want to increase our distribution from 6 million meals to 11 meals. And with this facility we can do it,” says Yurko.
The food bank works with over 174 different food pantries in 13 different counties. And this new facility will give them the food they need. “Every child deserves to have a meal everyday. They will not grow, thrive, or learn if they don't have full bellies. And to be a part of that, and to be able to bring that to the community, is a blessing,” says Yurko.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank needs volunteers Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:30 am & 1 pm to 3:30pm. Their website is www.SolveHungerToday.org/Volunteer.
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