Give Kane County Residents The Dignity Of A Sunday Supper

KANE COUNTY, IL – A holiday that doesn’t appear in traditional calendars – National Sunday Supper Month, observed through January 31 – is growing in importance as so many Kane Counties struggle to eat enough to keep up with the coronavirus Cope with pandemic. related job losses, business closures and other economic difficulties.

The idea behind the National Sunday Supper Month is to rediscover the tradition of families spending time together at the dining table to share stories from the past week, says Isabelle Laessig, founder of the Sunday Supper movement.

For nearly 62,000 people in Kane County, lavish Sunday evenings – or any meals – are out of budget. Up to 50 million Americans were facing food insecurity by the end of 2020, according to a projection by Feeding America, the country’s largest hunger relief organization.

You can help Feeding America with a tax-deductible contribution that says the economic fallout from the pandemic sent millions of Americans to food banks for the first time. For every $ 1 you give, Feeding America can offer 10 meals through its network of 200 grocery banks serving and delivering 60,000 pantries, kitchens, and dining programs.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank feeds America’s local partners. The organization supplies more than 900 partners such as markets and pantries.

Since the pandemic began, the need for food aid in the 13 suburban and rural areas it serves has grown nearly 50 percent each month, said Julie Yurko, CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank.

In October the organization distributed 9.7 million meals, or about 11.6 million pounds of food.

“The statistics are alarming: 1 in 9 people and 1 in 6 children in northern Illinois are starving,” said Yurko. “Many suffer from reduced working hours, vacation, layoffs and / or illness due to COVID-19 and the flu season.”

The Northern Illinois Food Bank recently estimated that over 60 percent of the area’s neighbors may be food unsafe.

In the coming months, Yurko and her team expect food insecurity to continue to rise at record rates. Winter brings difficult tradeoffs as families choose between paying bills like heating or buying groceries.

If you are among those struggling to find enough food or want to volunteer, here are some resources here in Kane County:

Northern Illinois Food Bank (Feeding America Partner)
273 Dearborn Court, Geneva – 630-443-6910

Marie Wilkinson pantry
834 N. Highland Ave., Aurora – 630-897-5431

Fox Valley Hispanic SDA Pantry
505 E. New York St., Aurora – 630-898-0410

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry
1110 Jericho Road, Aurora – 630-897-2127

Pantry of the Holy Angels
204 S. Russell Ave., Aurora – 630-897-2478

Salvation Army – Aurora
437 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora – 630-897-7265

Two rivers ahead of the Aurora
1661 Landmark Road, Aurora – 630-264-1444

Food for Greater Elgin
1553 Commerce Dr., Elgin – 847-931-9330

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Soup Kettle
330 S. Griswold, Elgin – 847-888-2882

Community Crisis Center
37 S. Geneva St., Elgin – 847-697-2380

Interreligious pantry of all peoples
256 E. Chicago St., Elgin – 847-741-2329

Salvation Army – St. Charles
1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles – 630-377-2769

St. Peter’s pantry
1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva – 630-232-0124

Shepherd Heart Pantry
2300 South St., Geneva – 630-232-7068

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry
100 Flinn St., Batavia – 630-879-3784

South Elgin pantry
400 W. Spring St., South Elgin – 847-931-0563

Between friends pantry
52 Wheeler Road, Sugar Grove – 630-991-3138

Sunday evening dinner doesn’t just nourish the body.

The importance of family dining – often the only time of day the whole family spends time together – is firmly anchored in research showing that sitting together to eat not only nourishes the body, it also has social, physical, and emotional aspects .

The Sunday meal goes back to 2012 when food blogger Isabel Laessig’s eldest child left college longing for the time she spent in the kitchen and with family with meals. She and eight other bloggers, Laessig, said they were “passionate about bringing families together to cook and eat together,” and hosted the first virtual progressive Sunday meal.

How to help

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness of the millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimated that by the end of 2020, more than 50 million Americans had not had enough nutritious foods to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social patch project. Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.

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