Food outreach to help needy families in coronavirus pandemic
Officials of the Town of Cicero, Cicero Police, The Cicero Clergy Committee, Cicero Community Outreach program, Parent Patrols, and other non-Profit Organizations distributed food on Monday to more than 300 needy families impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
(Watch the video below)
Ismael Vargas, chairman of the Clergy Committee, said that each family received a large bag of food that was donated from many different sources.
Vargas said the packages were distributed at the Salvation Army in their parking lot, 2337 S. Laramie Avenue, by volunteers wearing COVID-19 safety protections.
“We gathered a group of volunteers to organize a food give-a-way this morning to families in need,” Vargas said.
“We had 40 volunteers help us distribute the food all wearing protective face masks and gloves. More than 300 needy families came to pick up the food which was in bags that were handed to each person at the distribution site at the Salvation Army parking lot at 2337 S. Laramie Avenue.”
Vargas praised all of the organizations who helped and said that the food give-a-way will continue each month.
“This effort will continue every first Monday of the month until the end of the pandemic,” Vargas said.
“It was important because it shows how we are all coming together to serve the community. It shows the people that we really do care for them. We are very sensitive about what is happening and we want to serve them especially those in need.”
The food is distributed to families on a first come, first serve basis at each event, Vargas said.
“We want to thank everyone that was able to come out yesterday and unite together to help with the Produce Mobile Food Pantry that was hosted by the Salvation Army Templo Laramie Corps. With all of your help we were able to serve 300+ families!” Vargas said.
Thank you goes to the following churches, parishes, organizations that were able to join and serve the community:
1. New Harvest Church
2. Parent Patrol Program
3. St. Francis of Rome
4. Sonido de Alabanza
5.Mary Queen of Heaven
6. Nuestra Señora del Monte
7. Corazon Community Services
8. Good Shepherd Church
9. 3:16 City Church
10. Vida Abundante Church
11. Maria Reina Del Cielo
12. Town of Cicero
13. Town of Cicero Community Outreach
14. Town of Cicero Police Department
“We also know that there were many other members of the Clergy Committee that wanted to help but were unable to due to previous commitments or health reasons. But we want to encourage everyone with great news that the Salvation Army will be hosting this Produce Mobile Food Pantry again every 1st Monday of the month for now.,” Vargas said.
So for those who would love to volunteer again next month or volunteer for the 1st time, make sure to respond to our next email that will have more details about the next Produce Mobile Food Pantry! Thank you once again for all of your support and help with serving our community! God Bless you all.
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