To the Editor:
With summer upon us and the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, many of us are making plans to spend time and enjoy meals with friends and family. But, as you know, hunger doesn’t take a holiday. In fact, many local families with children home from school all day are in even more need of assistance. The Community Food Basket helps to address that need through our Second Helpings program and this year we’re excited to be bringing even more food assistance to the community.
On July 6 the Community Food Basket of Ottawa will host our seventh monthly Mobile Food Pantry with our partners from River Bend Food Bank. Each of these brings nearly 10,000 pounds of additional food aid to our community.
The event is held at the Southtowne Mall in Ottawa. Guests can sign in anytime from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. and the distribution begins at 10 a.m. Residents from anywhere in La Salle County who are in need of food assistance are welcome to attend.
We’ve also teamed up with the North Central Area Transit (NCAT) service to provide a bus route on the first Saturday of each month, to ensure that Ottawans who need to access this service can get there. Riders can get on at any of the NCAT regular stops, and if they are going to the Mobile Pantry, they will ride for free.
The Community Food Basket is excited to provide this additional service, but we do need help from area residents. If you would like to volunteer at this event, individually or with a group, you can sign up at our website https://www.ottawafoodbasket.org/mobile or call 815-431-0155.
As always, we here at the Community Food Basket want to thank our neighbors here in Ottawa and the surrounding area for your generous support! You make the work we do to close the meal gap possible.
BETH VERCOLIO-OSMUND, director of development, Community Food Basket of Ottawa