UPDATE (11:30 a.m. – April 13, 2015 – Geneva, Ill.) – On Saturday, at the request of the American Red Cross, Northern Illinois Food Bank picked up thousands of packaged meals packed by University of Illinois students during its Community & Campus Day of Service and donated by Governor Rauner. We will be getting these out to our food pantries in Rochelle and Kirkland.
We continue to participate in VOAD (Voluntary Organizations in Active Disaster) calls and are ready to provide assistance as needed. While we are assisting now, we know the Food Bank’s support will be most needed in the days and weeks ahead when families start to settle back into their communities and rebuild.
(10:50 a.m. – April 10, 2015 – Geneva, Ill.) – Northern Illinois Food Bank staff has been in contact with many of our food pantries and feeding programs in areas affected by last night’s tornados and storms. None have received any damage, and all are ready to assist community members in need. Northern Illinois Food Bank is prepared to send food, water and cleaning supplies when needed.
As of this time, we are providing cleaning supplies and water to the Kirkland Food Pantry to assist with clean-up efforts. We are on stand-by with first responder organizations, such as the Red Cross, and are ready to respond when the need arises. At this time, first responders are requesting that all outside organizations and individuals remain outside the tornado-affected areas until they have completed their initial assessment.
Our thoughts are with those affected by last night’s tornados and severe storms in our service area, and we anticipate that our neighbors in these areas will need additional food supplies in the days and weeks ahead. To help Northern Illinois Food Bank provide food to our hungry neighbors affected by the tornados, as well as throughout the Food Bank’s 13-county service area, visit www.SolveHungerToday.org to make a donation.