District 200 Mobile Pantries
Your Support Makes District 200 Mobile Pantries Possible!
A Note from Terese Janik:
Since 2015 we have brought at least (1) mobile pantry every month to the District 200 Wheaton area (some months we hold 2 mobiles) - that's 52 mobile pantries!
Each mobile costs $1,700 and provides 1-2 weeks of nutritious food to families, including: milk, eggs, meat, produce and various staples. At these mobile events our volunteers - often teachers, staff and PTA members - distribute anywhere from 7,000 - 9,000 lbs. of food.
Our largest group of families to date was 190 families at one mobile event. To date we have served over 5,200 families with these mobiles. Unfortunately, the need is not going anywhere. During last month's polar vortex we had nearly 150 families come out to the mobile.
One of the reasons I love these mobile pantries, is that they also help families that do not make the “cut” for government assistance programs but are still struggling with tough choices every day - rent or electricity? medicine or food? new gym shoes for growing feet or dinner? 85% of families in need have at least one adult working, yet they are still struggling to provide healthy food for their family on a regular basis. We are giving them hope and the ability to keep their heads above water, at least for a little bit.
Our yearly budget to bring a mobile pantry truck each month is $20,400, so the funds so generously gifted by our PTA's, businesses and friends, really, really provides a TON of hope! Literally!
We run under the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) umbrella, so checks should be made out to them with the addition of "District200 Shares" in the memo section.
If you know anyone who would like to get involved with us, we are participating in NIFB's Foodie 5K again this year. Runners (or walkers!) sign up under our Team - District200 Shares - and then get folks to sponsor them and whatever money we raise under Team "District200 (no space) Shares" comes back to our mobiles. Healthy and doing good - a win win! Signing up, or supporting the Team, is easy! Go to:
www.SolveHungerToday.org/Foodie5K then hit the button on the right that says "Support a Registered Team or Individual" and then search for District200 Shares or Terese Janik
THANK YOU again, so very, very, much!