Thanks to “YoungManSummer (see comment below)” I discovered that the Census research I published was off by a factor a three with regard to poverty in McHenry County.
I published that it was 22%, while it is really 7.6%. The headline and story have been altered to reflect
That’s 7.6% in poverty is up from 5.6% in 2009.
With 7.6% of McHenry County households under the poverty line, according to the most recent findings of the U.S. Census, it is wonder than only 70-80 people come to Nunda Township for the food giveaway run by the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake each Friday morning.
People started lining up as early as 3:15 AM for their place in line until Nunda Township Officials recently imposed rules that prohibited parking prior to 9 AM.
One man comes from Streamwood pretty much every Friday.
McHenry County residents sign in from Harvard, Marengo, McHenry, Fox River Grove, Woodstock, as well as Crystal Lake and other towns.
Last Friday, there was a bonanza.
The Jewel in Woodstock had leftover turkeys from Thanksgiving Week.
They were frozen, so no question of their being outdated.
The arrangement of the available food starts with dry goods.
Crystal Lake and Woodstock Jewel stores donate meat.
Last week two trips had to be made to the Crystal Lake store to bring everything available.
Next comes miscellaneous frozen food and dairy.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank delilvers 3-5 pallets of food.
Sometimes the pallets are stacked higher than I am tall.
So, if you or someone you know needs food, the Nunda Township Hall is the place to go Friday mornings starting at 9.
Sometimes the food is not ready for pick-up until 10:30-11, but people can get their place in line starting at 9.
Virtually always there is enough food for people to fill a first box and come around for a second.