SYCAMORE – Voluntary Action Center staff would like to thank the community for donations made during the WDKB/Metronet Feed the Need DeKalb County Food Drive held Nov. 20 and 21.
The food drive was hosted by 94.9 FM WDKB radio and to benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank and families in need this holiday season. VAC’s Meals on Wheels program was one beneficiary of the food drive.
HyVee was the main drop off point for the food drive held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Other participating businesses that offered to collect non-perishable food items included Paw Lickin’ Good Treats, MetroNet, T Mobile, State Form Agent Micah Stoddard, Proactive Chiropractic and Laser Center, S.O.A.S. Apparel & Design, Clean USA and Kaleidoscope Healing Arts.
VAC staff from administrative, kitchen, transit and maintenance departments all pitched in to help sort the donated food.
“HyVee had also created prepacked bags that could be purchased at HyVee by customers at either $5, $7 or $10 per bag of non-perishable food items,” said Taylor Tallitsch, VAC’s community outreach coordinator. “Shawn Lowe from WDKB came to personally drop off the donations. Both Shawn and Monica Becker from WDKB were a big part of the success of this project. We received 140 prepacked bags at our site. That was in addition to the all the other shelf stable food we received. A large corner of our bus garage was packed.”
In 2020, Meals on Wheels’ service has increased by more than 60%.
“The donated items can be used for emergency meal kits and be included in our Meals on Wheels,” said Amy Woods, food service operations manager. “VAC has worked diligently to help fill the pantries of our seniors in advance of the winter weather months and to prepare in case of any unforeseen temporary service delays.”
Barb Nadeau, VAC’s community relations manager, said that food donations make “a meaningful impact on our service and is so appreciated.”
“Our seniors are more secure and able to live happily and safely in their own homes because of the good will of community members who donate through food drives like this,” Nadeau said.
For more information about Voluntary Action Center, contact Taylor Tallitsch by calling 815-758-3932 or emailing email@example.com.