ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Northern Illinois Food Bank was recently on the receiving end of a generous donation from Schneider Electric, through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
Schneider Electric’s Derek Drier (pictured far left) and Charolette O’Neal (second from left) presented a check for $10,000 to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank’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 that 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 Community Foundation of Northern Illinois presented a check for $12,000 to be used for mobile pantry food distributions in underserved 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.