Approximately 170 area families took part in the mobile food pantry in Gardner on Wednesday, Dec. 12, which was sponsored by New Community Christian Church.
With a total of 9,906 pounds of food delivered, each household received approximately 58 pounds of food, including 7 pounds of frozen meat and a wide variety of other items, including lunch meat and cheese, black bean soup, laundry aids, cherry tomatoes, a 10-pound bag of potatoes, fresh yellow peppers, granola and bread.
"We are so thankful for our friends at New Community Christian Church," said We Care's Denise Gaska. "Not only do they sponsor a couple of Fill the Pantries for us each year, they also assist with Thanksgiving meals and adopt a number of families for Christmas gifts and food, and they sponsor a couple of mobile pantries each year.
"But, every year, the most difficult month to find a sponsor for the mobile pantry is December. I think that's because the weather is generally unpleasant for the volunteers and schedules are very full of holiday happenings. NC3, however, is so willing to serve and show the love of God whenever and wherever they are needed, they have agreed to sponsor our December mobile pantry again next year!"
"At no time am I more proud of our church family than during the Christmas season," said Kevin Yandell, lead pastor at New Community Christian Church. "I get to serve with a group of people who truly care about others and that compassion shows throughout the year, but they really step it up in December.
"When we hear of a need our people are eager to help out. We are also blessed to serve alongside the staff and volunteers at We Care."
The next mobile food pantry is sponsored by First Christian Church and will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the church, 455 W. Southmor Road, Morris. Registration will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Any family that resides in Grundy County and is in need of assistance with food is welcome to come to these food distributions. Recipients are asked to provide proof of their residency either with a valid drivers' license, state I.D. or utility bill with their current Grundy County address. Every person in line will be asked to show this proof, even if they have been to a mobile food pantry in the past.
Please note that this and all future mobile food pantries will be non-smoking events. Smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the premises.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a container to carry the items they will receive; plastic laundry baskets and wheeled carts work well for this purpose. It is not necessary to let We Care know if you plan to attend the distributions, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call the We Care office at (815) 942-6389.
Upcoming mobile food pantry sponsors include the late Sheriff Terry Marketti, Morris Hospital, and Morris Kiwanis Club.
We Care is a local nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, utility and prescription assistance. We Care is a United Way partner agency and is funded primarily by private donations.