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A nonprofit food provider is expanding its services to Rockford. 

Top Box Foods was founded by Chris Kennedy, a nephew of the late U.S. president. The organization buys foods from sources such as restaurant suppliers and sell preassembled boxes of groceries to residents. Kennedy said the decision to move to Rockford was strongly based on the economic situation there.


Most children are safe at home with their families during the COVID-19 crisis. But some children may not have this luxury. One family service agency is ensuring normalcy for the children who are in foster care.

Noelle Schamberger is the foster care program manager at Children’s Home & Aid. She said staff are doing home visits but they are limited.

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Hurricane Harvey has prompted an outpouring of donations, but a common concern is whether these contributions are providing the most bang for the buck.

Paul Logli is President of the United Way of the Rock River Valley. He said since relief efforts are focused on long term recovery, cash donations are the most effective.

“Certainly dry clothing for the people that first come in is important," he said, "but usually the stuff pouring in the area is far in excess of immediate demand and not very usable.”

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United Way of the Rock River Valley is bringing fresh produce and meats to two food-disadvantaged Rockford neighborhoods Saturday.

The charity is teaming up with Chicago-based Top Box, which purchases the foods wholesale, and Strong Neighborhood houses, where police live among the community. United Way Vice President Linda Sandquist said the two neighborhoods in question, Midtown and Rural Oaks, are considered food deserts.


The financial struggle isn’t over for the organizations that provide social services to people in need in Illinois.

There are still a lot of questions about the stopgap budget passed by lawmakers, according to Paul Logli. He’s the president and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley. Logli says providers have heard from a number of state agencies that they have 18-month contracts that expire January 1st.

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Illinois is approaching a new fiscal year without a state budget. The head of an organization that helps fund social service agencies says citizens need to demand more from their lawmakers. 

Paul Logli is president and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley. He told the crowd at the Rockford Urban Ministries annual meeting Friday that no matter where they stand politically, they have to be unforgiving of ALL state lawmakers about the budget impasse.