At a time when the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is in great need of food and donations, employees from one area utility company are giving back to help those in need.
Employees from Nicor Gas collected food and made monetary donations to nine northern Illinois food pantries to help them meet the demand during this time of year.
The employees held food drives at Nicor locations around the area and collected about 1,000 pounds of food and collected $31,500 in monetary donations for local food pantries, according to a news release from Nicor Gas.
“One of the core values that define us as an organization is our generosity of spirit,” Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas said in a news release. “I am humbled by the response from our employees and their dedication to give back to the communities we serve. Food pantries provide a critical service, and we are pleased to not only help stock their shelves but also to give them the financial support necessary to assist those in need.”
Nicor Gas employees from offices in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Aurora, Bloomington, Carthage, Glenwood, Joliet, Kankakee and Yorkville participated in the food drive.
In addition, food items will remain in communities where they were collected. And, food will be donated directly to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.
The largest donation was made to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The organization received a check for $20,000 from Nicor Gas, according to the news release. The Northern Illinois Food Bank works with about 700 network partners, serving more than 60,000 people in need each week across 13 counties.
Last week, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry said it was in desperate need for donations as funds and non-perishable food is running low.
The food pantry serves those in need in Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lisle and Wheaton. It has seen an influx of new clients who are in need. The organization registers roughly four new clients a day, according to an official with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.
To make a financial donation to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, visit the website or send a donation to: Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. For a list of needed food items, see the attached image.