Freeport Community Foundation
524 West Stephenson Street, Suite 102
Freeport, IL 61032
Date: July 7, 2017
Contact: Dan Schmitt, Executive Director
Freeport Community Foundation.
FREEPORT, Ill. – July 7, 2017 – On Friday, June 30, Freeport Community Foundation sponsored a mobile pantry food distribution at St. Paul Baptist Church, in partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank.
40 volunteers served 127 households benefitting 335 individuals. They received meat, a variety of fresh produce—including cantaloupe, apples, potatoes, onions and bananas—as well as cereal, bread and other non-perishables.
The Foundation has supported Northern Illinois Food Bank and its network of nine member food pantries and two soup kitchens in Stephenson County since 2006. In that time, FCF has donated more than $63,000 in support of the Food Bank’s child nutrition-focused BackPack program, in addition to helping build capacity for local agencies across Stephenson County. The Foundation’s funding has helped several agencies acquire coolers, freezers, shelving, carts and other equipment essential to support their food distribution operations.
Feeding America reports that more than 14 percent of Stephenson County residents face food insecurity, including nearly 23 percent of children. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 1.4 million meals to Stephenson County residents in need.
The Freeport Community Foundation has a 42-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders that are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs.
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