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Sub-zero temperatures make our neighbors more vulnerable than ever

02/Jan/18 / 21:44

With temperatures hovering in the negative digits, we are soundly in the midst of an arctic blast across Northern Illinois, along with much of the nation. For some, the cold weather brings heartbreaking choices – heat or eat? We believe no one should be faced with the choice between paying the bills or buying groceries, but it is the difficult reality for our neighbors in need.
 
Lois in food pantryWith a small fixed income and varying utility bills, people like Lois struggle every day – but that wasn’t always the case. Lois and her husband raised six children. She was an administrative assistant and he built a business installing hardwood floors. They worked hard and were self-sufficient until recently when Lois’ husband had a stroke that left him unable to work. Lois is retired, and they live a modest lifestyle with limited monthly expenses. They often can’t fit a trip to the grocery store into their budget. Lois is surprised to find herself in a position of need.
 
“I never thought I’d be here,” Lois says, recounting how her own father had worked for the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
 
As you turn up the heat on the most frigid of days, please remember our neighbors like Lois who have worked hard but are now faced with hardships. Everyone deserves a warm home and warm meals to get through this season. What you do matters to those facing such difficult decisions, like whether to heat their homes or eat a warm meal.
 
Please consider helping a neighbor today.


 

How You Can Help:

 

  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food.

 

 
 
 
 

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