Aurora Food Pantry Honors Veterans For Memorial Day
A northern Illinois food pantry is honoring veterans for Memorial Day by holding a special food distribution for them.
The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is not only offering groceries to veterans, but to active service members and the families of fallen soldiers.
Rebecca Dunnigan is the community outreach and program coordinator at the pantry. She says the pantry wants veterans to know that they are appreciated.
“Too often we believe that the community forgets to say thank you for your service,” she explained, “to our veterans, to our veterans' families, the families are making a sacrifice and so many of the families have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Dunnigan says a grant was given by Illinois Joining Forces and Fox Valley Marine Corps League, which allowed the pantry to purchase high-quality goods.
A ceremony will precede the distribution. Dunnigan says U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and 4th Ward Alderman Bill Donnell will attend.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, May 28 at the food pantry.
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