Donor & Volunteer Appreciation Night

Donor & Volunteer Appreciation Night in Marie's Garden
Thursday June 20, 2024

Thank you to our wonderful community of support!  And thank you to Dr. Robert Renteria and Papa John's Pizza for sponsoring!

THANKS to our generous community of local chefs & restaurateurs, sponsors, volunteers and friends!
Photos Courtesy of Vizo Arts!

Community Resources
Community Resources

Aurora, Illinois is a CommUNITY of Compassion.  Many organizations are here to help empower you to meet today's challenges and prepare for a bright future ahead.  There are Family Services, Medical, Home Repairs, Emergency Shelter and more to explore.

The Legacy of Marie Wilkinson in Aurora, IL

Spoon & Fork

Marie Wilkinson was a lifetime social and civil rights activist who fought against poverty, hunger, homelessness, joblessness, and injustice. Marie founded the Aurora, IL Food Pantry in the 1950’s after a near-death experience that caused her to make a personal commitment to helping the less fortunate.

Driven by a new life purpose, Wilkinson began giving out bags of food to those in need from her bungalow on View Street.  She recruited friends and neighbors to help, and soon she had a started a soup kitchen and food pantry. Today, the Food Pantry continues to serve the communities of Aurora IL, Kane County and the surrounding areas.