Food or Gas: A Tough Decision for Some in the Stateline

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

Many Rockford families are choosing to fill their tanks rather than fill their bellies. So in order get "some" food on the table, they're turning to local food pantries for help.

"The impact of putting gas in their cars the cost of goods being inflated because of fuel and transportation and it's getting harder and harder to make ends meet," says Kim Adams-Bakke, the Executive Director of the Rock River Valley Pantry.

The Rock River Valley Pantry is feeding 230 "more" mouths this month. FEMA gives the pantry $10,000 every six months, but funds have run out a month early. So the Rock River Valley Pantry had to dig into their own pockets, and buy a little more in bulk.

Volunteers use the distributing room to do things such as break down a ten pound bag of noodles and turn it into a meal for nearly 20 families.

Those in need can get six meals a month from the Rock River Valley Pantry. While buying the rest of the month's meals, some say they have to pick and choose the types of foods they buy in order to keep their cars on the road.

"I've been buying less cakes and other non-essential kinds of stuff," says Rockford resident Tony Hinrichs.

Families aren't the only ones feeling the pinch, so is the pantry. Fewer dollars means fewer donations.

Thanksgiving dinner donations are already being collected by the Rock River Valley Pantry. About 550 turkey kits are expected to be provided. Families can start registering for the turkey kits in October.


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