FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - The Freeport Area Church Cooperative hosts its annual hunger luncheon to raise awareness about homelessness in the stateline.
Nearly 300 people came out for the lunch hosted by Freeport mayor Jodi Miller at Wagner House. Organizers say it was the largest crowd in 26 years.
The event is a chance for the cooperative to collect non-perishable food items and money to donate to area hunger programs and homeless shelters.
FACC members say it's also a chance to educate.
"We have a simple lunch of soup, a corn muffin, a cookie, you're certainly not going to get full here, and that really is to serve as a reminder to us that there are people in our community who struggle with the basic necessities of obtaining food," says FACC executive director Dean Wright.
Wright reminds us that even though there are more food drives in November and December, hunger in our community last year-round.
Donations can be made all year at the Freeport Area Church Collective on South Chicago Avenue.