Two Rockford non-profits team up to feed dozens of families in need.
They lined up outside Rosecrance’s Ware Center for Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mobile pantry. Volunteers handed out meals consisting of meat, canned food, fruits, and vegetables.
Rosecrance says its clients are often forced to choose between paying bills or buying food. Organizers say that’s why this partnership is so important.
“Northern Illinois Food Bank has provided free, or at a reduced cost, for us to buy refreshments, whether it be a granola bar, whether it be a piece of fruit and bread or something,” said Rosecrance Recovery Coach Bonnie Gilmore. “We’re able to help that client just to have some stuff in their stomach, so they don’t have illnesses from not eating.”
Last year, the food bank received more than 400 mobile pantry donations that provided more than 40,000 homes with meals.