Vision Testing Clinics
Free vision testing clinics are one of the many services for Marie's pantry guests. With an up-to-date test in hand, guests can visit local shops who will make glasses to meet their needs.
Used eyeglasses are also collected at Marie's Pantry. The Lions Club collects the glasses, tests them and redistributes the glasses to people in need of vision correction.
Many thanks to Elburn Lions Club for your support!
Marie Wilkinson of Aurora, IL
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.