Aurora Pantry Plans to Help Military Personnel with Food
May 13, 2021
AURORA—Catholic military families here are invited by Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, 1110 Jericho Road in Aurora, to a Memorial Day weekend drive-through, free food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon on May 28.
 
Veterans, active-duty personnel and Gold Star families are invited. 
 
Pantry volunteers will load patrons’ vehicles with bags of food, including meat, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables and non-perishable items. Participants are asked to bring a photo ID.
 
Shannon Cameron, pantry executive director, said cosponsors are the Fox Valley Marine Corps League, Illinois Joining Forces and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. 
 
She said the event will open at 9:50 a.m. with a prayer. A color guard will post the colors and pantry officials, elected officials and veterans’ groups representatives have been invited to speak. 
 
Students from area high school Reserve Officer Training Corps units are invited.
 
A public display of banners in the pantry’s patio will feature photographs and information about local veterans. 
 
According to Cameron, Interfaith has hosted an annual veterans pantry around Memorial Day since 2016. Past pantries served about 90 veterans, including many first-time visitors.
 
“Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry hopes to reach even more veterans at this year’s event and introduce them to our weekly services,” Cameron said. “Any veteran in the community is welcome to come on a weekly basis and receive about $140 worth of food at each visit.”
 
Kris Kearns, Fox Valley Marine Corps League commandant, said “This is an opportunity for us to say ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has served their country in the military by sharing a gift of food. We hope all veterans in the community will join us.”
 
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