VAC awarded COVID-19 relief grant to provide meal kits to seniors

Voluntary Action Center of Northern Illinois was awarded a COVID-19 Relief Fund grant through the Dekalb County Community Foundation to provide emergency meal kits for isolated seniors and disabled individuals.

DCCF is now in its third round of COVID-19 Relief grant awards, with local non-profit organizations submitting proposals on a rolling basis. The fund was created collaboratively through various funding partners to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County.

VAC executive director, Ellen Rogers, requested $4,500 to help create emergency food kits to help fill the pantries of seniors and disabled individuals on the Meals on Wheels routes in the event of an unforeseen temporary service delay. The maximum allowed in the grant is $5,000.

“With the addition of this grant, we have received $22,500 in DCCRF funds since its inception,” Rogers said. “Grants that we have received from DCCF have included funds to meet the growing need for our Meals on Wheels program as a result of the pandemic, funds to expand our summer meal program for children in need this past summer, and now for the creation of the emergency meal kits. It is our plan to use this new grant award to create 200 emergency meal kits for our clients."

Rogers added, “VAC is thankful for the grant and for the continued support of other local supporters who are helping with donations to create emergency meal kits.”

The COVID Relief Fund grant program is made possible by ongoing donations. More information is available at the DCCF Website, at

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