Event for hurricane evacuees set for Oct. 14

Food Bank plans welcoming party at Whitehead School

Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) is working with several organizations in Rockford to put on a “Welcome To Rockford” dinner and entertainment event for the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 at Whitehead School (2325 Ohio Parkway, Rockford).

Northern Illinois Food Bank and several organizations, including E Productions, Hilander, Janice Mathis Ministries, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Just Braids, Lioness Layer, Steps To Serenity, Singer Mental Health, SWEET, Whitehead School, and several dedicated individuals have come together to provide an evening of music, fun, and entertainment for the evacuees who are currently living in the greater Rockford area. Several musical performers will be entertaining. Rockford residents and organizations will be preparing a traditional Louisiana-style meal to share with guests. To get involved as a volunteer, call 815-961-7283 for more details.

NIFB continues to support hurricane relief efforts locally and in the Gulf Coast region. Chris White, Operations manager of Hunger Connection Branch of Northern Illinois Food Bank, worked in Jackson, Miss., from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5 to help manage and oversee daily functions of a temporary food bank warehouse set up specifically for the hurricane relief efforts in the region. Several other NIFB staff members have been helping America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, with disaster relief-related duties at its headquarters office in Chicago.

NIFB is continuing in its efforts to support guests arriving in the communities. Working with partner agencies and non-partner agencies, food assistance efforts are being offered to agencies supporting the guests.

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, acquires donated food from retailers, manufacturers, corporations, and community resources and distributes it through its network of 480 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit food assistance sites to help the 227,000 people living in poverty in 13 northern Illinois counties including Boone, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties. Northern Illinois Food Bank has been committed to helping feed hungry people for more than 20 years.

For more information, call 630-443-6910 or visit www.northernilfoodbank.org.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2005, issue

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