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Food pantries filled by Ill. CU system volunteers

August 26, 2015

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (8/26/15)--Employees of the Illinois Credit Union System focused their annual summer volunteer efforts on the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Naperville, Ill.

As a result, they donated more than 1,100 pounds of food, including the most-needed items such as canned goods, potatoes, onions, cereal, rice and pasta. The team also donated gift bags with party favors, decorations and cake supplies for birthday celebrations for underprivileged children.

Food Drive

Illinois Credit Union League President/CEO Tom Kane was only one of the many Illinois Credit Union System volunteers who collected food for a Naperville, Ill., food pantry. (Illinois Credit Union League Photo)

“Food connects us all,” said Matthew Chicola, Loaves & Fishes director of external relations. “The Illinois Credit Union System has demonstrated how powerful this connection is by donating a significant amount of food for low-income client families who struggle to put well-balanced meals on their tables. This donation will put 917 meals on our clients’ plates. That is powerful.”

Nearly 100,000 people in DuPage County are unsure where their next meal will come from, and 16% of the county’s children are considered “food insecure.”

“This food drive is the perfect intersection of our collective missions,” said Tom Kane, Illinois Credit Union League president/CEO.  “Credit unions exist to help people, not make a profit. Our goal is to serve all our members and residents well, including those of modest means. This compassionate act of community service will play an important role in the lives of those who are hungry.”