Pop-Up Market helps neighbor amid COVID-19

09/Apr/21 / 14:50

All of us are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and many of our neighbors are in need of food, some for the first time.


We met our neighbor Dan at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Pop-Up Market distribution in Elgin.


“[It’s my] very first time,” Dan shares, explaining that he’s never visited a food bank or pantry before.


“[COVID-19] hasn’t affected us as much as it has other people,” he continues. “The only way [it] affected us is by me having to stay home for a while.”


At first, he was apprehensive about visiting the Food Bank’s distribution. He worried that other people may need groceries more than his family does.


This is a fear Northern Illinois Food Bank works hard to discourage. We want ALL of our neighbors who may need a little extra help to come get groceries, and know that EVERYONE deserves access to the nutritious food they need to feed their family.


That’s why we’re so glad Dan and his family made the decision to join us at our Pop-Up Market. Dan was able to pick up fresh produce, protein, dairy, and other groceries – and so did 2,000 other households that day.


If you or someone you know could use a little extra help at this time, please visit our website to find a distribution near you at solvehungertoday.org/distributions.


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 helps provide $8 of groceries.




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