Alden Rehabilitation & Health Care Centers fight hunger

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118477909127710.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.foodaid.org.au‘, ‘From July through September, Alden is hosting its first quarterly, themed food drive—“Picnic With a Purpose”—with hopes to collect 5,000 pounds of food to help in the fight against hunger.‘);

Alden Alma Nelson Manor and Alden Park Strathmoor Rehabilitation and Health Care Centers in Rockford are joining the fight against hunger by becoming drop sites for food donations to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and its network of local food assistance sites in Winnebago County.

From July through September, Alden is hosting its first quarterly, themed food drive—“Picnic With a Purpose”—with hopes to collect 5,000 pounds of food to help in the fight against hunger. Food donations will be accepted at Alden Alma Nelson Manor and Alden Park Strathmoor during visiting hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Evening and weekend hours provide additional opportunities for community members to donate food. As always, donations are welcome at NIFB’s Rockford Branch, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor and other elected officials will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Alden Alma Nelson Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 6141 Elaine Drive, Rockford.

More than 275,008 people live in poverty in NIFB’s 13-county service area. The poverty level is an annual income of $20,650 for a family of four. In 2006, NIFB distributed 21 million pounds of food and grocery products to help those in need. Working with its network of agency partners, NIFB provides food assistance to more than 37,400 people each week. One-third of those served are children younger than 18.

In Winnebago County, 36,226 people live in poverty. In 2006, NIFB distributed 1,685,104 pounds to 69 local food assistance sites in Winnebago County.

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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