Schneider Electric, Community Foundation support child hunger relief programs

Schneider Electric’s Derek Drier (from left) and Charolette O’Neal, AmeriCorps Vista team member Hanah Papp, and James Patterson of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. (Photo provided)
Schneider Electric’s Derek Drier (from left) and Charolette O’Neal, AmeriCorps Vista team member Hanah Papp, and James Patterson of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) was recently on the receiving end of a generous donation from Schneider Electric, through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL).

Schneider Electric’s Derek Drier (pictured far left in photo) and Charolette O’Neal (second from left) presented a check for $10,000 to benefit NIFB’s Child Nutrition Program in Winnebago County. The donation will help fund the food bank’s after-school program, which provide children at risk of hunger with cold suppers at after-school sites, and the food bank’s BackPack Program, which provides hungry children with backpacks of food for the weekend, enough to feed the child and up to two family members.

Drier noted that when a family’s budget is tight, “meals are the first thing to be skipped. The BackPack program supports more than kids, it’s family, too.”

Meanwhile, James Patterson (far right) of CFNIL presented a check for $12,000 to be used for mobile pantry food distributions in under-served areas of Boone, Stephenson, Ogle and Winnebago counties.

The Community Foundation recognizes problems in the community due to the economic downturn,” Patterson said. “Being able to support a program that brings food into the community is important.”

Hanah Papp, AmeriCorps Vista team member (second from right), accepted the checks on behalf of the food bank.

NIFB leads the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations and individuals have come together to donate food and funds and evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 network partners serving more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 42 million meals last year to those in need. Learn more at www.SolveHungerToday.org.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

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