A food drive organized by Christ Community Church will help the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry meet a huge increase in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The no-contact food drive, which took place at four drop-off locations May 6, including DeKalb, collected 22,690 pounds of food for the pantry, which serves the city of Aurora along with several counties.
“Honestly, we didn’t know what to expect with the drive, but people really responded in a huge way,” Kris Eldridge, community impact pastor at Christ Community Church, said in a news release.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry has seen the number of people it serves grow from an average of 2,000 people a week to more than 8,000 people a week. The four drop-off points included the Christ Community Church campuses in St. Charles, DeKalb and Streamwood. Christ Community Church’s Aurora campus used the food pantry itself as a drop-off point.
Those donating simply opened their trunks for masked and gloved volunteers to unload the food and pack boxes for the food pantry. Twenty-five volunteers ran the event across the four locations.
There also is an urgent need for blood donations. Christ Community Church will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m.
June 2 at its campuses in St. Charles, Aurora, DeKalb and Streamwood. The church is working with the Versiti Blood Center in Geneva.
For opportunities on how to serve, go to ccclife.org/covid19serve.