STATELINE (WIFR) -- GPS Faith Community and Grace Lutheran Church, in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, have marked the 50th Mobile Food Pantry they have provided, offering food assistance to those in need in the community. This reflects over 500,000 pounds of food distributed to guests over a 5 year period. The joint Mobile Food Pantry program began in 2007.
Ten times per year a truck with 10,000 pounds of food, much of it meat, arrives at Grace Lutheran Church and is distributed by 30 or more volunteers from area churches, businesses and service organizations. 200 families from the Loves Park and Machesney Park and northern communities gather for a hot meal, community and an opportunity to fill their cupboards and freezers.
Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to become partners with GPS Faith Community and Grace Lutheran Church by sponsoring one Mobile Food Pantry and sending volunteers to help
distribute the food. In the past organizations such as Sudmo North America, Haffman’s North America, Danfoss, Loves Park Police Association, Master Craft Exteriors, Raymond James and Associates, local school and scouting groups, and many others have sponsored Pantries. For information on sponsoring a Pantry, contact the GPS Faith Community office at 779-221-8491.