I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our amazing volunteers!
Without their nearly 4,300 hours of volunteer service in the first quarter of 2017, Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry would not have been able to provide our services to the 275 NEW households we saw. That’s 62 new elderly, 297 new children, 76 new people with disabilities, or 822 new guests who came to us because THEY NEED US. Unfortunately, the demands in our community are ever growing.
This quarter, we have pushed to develop our educational programming. We hosted another 10-week course; with Presence Health, Northwestern Medical Group, and Northern Illinois Food Bank, to help educate our guests in ways that they can manage their diabetes through healthy eating and exercise. We have also begun a community walking club sponsored by Rush-Copley in order to further the overall well-being of our guests. We are continuing to offer wellness checks by Presence Health nurses each 3rd Friday of the month and our own educational video presentations weekly. The Visiting Nurses Association, with students from Northern Illinois University, have begun a project to help our guests make healthier food choices by labeling our shelves with nutritional information and educating our guests on healthy selections. They are also planning to offer cooking demonstrations and share recipes using the foods that we have available. We are excited to watch this project develop as well as building more healthy living projects!
Save the Dates!
- Applications are now available for plots in our Community Garden.
- May 13th is the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Don’t forget to leave canned meals for your letter carrier!
- We are looking to get Marie’s Book published soon! The book is completed and we can’t wait to share Marie’s story with the world!
- Visit our booth outside at Aurora GreenFest on June 10th at the Prisco Community Center.
- Our Taste of Fox Valley Fill the Bowls will be August 27th at Gaslite Manor Banquets from 11AM-2:30PM. Consider sponsoring this event and be recognized for your commitment to fighting hunger in our community!
- We will again be participating in Cock-A-Doodle-Brewfest on October 8th at the Hollywood Casino. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities!