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Genoa Area Community Food Hub Is Offering 'Pay-As-You're-Able' Meals

Dana Chaplin of Preservation Heart Photography

A DeKalb chef is partnering with a nonprofit to supply residents with warm meals.  

The DeKalb County Community Gardens started serving “Pay-As-You’re-Able” meals at the Genoa Area Community Food Hub back in January.

The plan was for this to take place monthly but COVID-19 changed that.

Heather Edwards is the associate director of DCCG. She said the organization has worked with personal chef Rudy Galindo before.

“He's done some other volunteering for us out at Walnut Grove Vocational Farm,” she said. “We did some pairings like with food at our fall open house. And so, he's helped us out with that.”

Galindo said he wants to do what he can to support the community. Especially when he sees people with signs asking for help.

“If I have to go to the store, I'm driving around and I see a lot of people that are hurting,” he said. "And the first thing that comes to my mind is, ‘Have they eaten today?’”

Edwards said once the restrictions that are put in place due to COVID-19 are lifted, they may return to a sit-down experience. She said the community was coming in for the food pantry.

“But we also had community members coming in and having them all sitting at the table talking, was really great to see," she said.

The menu for the drive-thru-only “Lunch at the Hub” includes chowder, herbed pasta and garlic bread. It takes place Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. or until meals are gone.  

Yvonne Boose is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project which is a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms.

Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.