Last week, 141 families received food at the food distribution held jointly by the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake and The Chapel in McHenry.
The Chapel on Route 31 (on the south side of town next to the Waste Management yard) provides the location, as well as volunteer.
When the distribution, in cooperation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, moved from Algonquin Township to The Chapel, the number of families served was about a hundred.
The week before last, the number was 120.
People are asked not to arrive before 1:30 because it takes that long to organize the food into categories:
- canned goods, coffee, crackers
- sweets, pretty much anything one can imagine
This past Friday volunteers did not finish taking boxes out to vehicles until 5:30, according to Deb Health, the effort’s leader.
Additional volunteers are welcome.
People are needed starting about 10:30.
Folks are also needed for clean-up, which has started about 3:30 until the most recent surge in cars vans and trucks.
With most people having a Happy Thanksgiving, there are people needing food without the resources to buy it.
If you know such families, please let them know about this opporunity.
As the billboard in the background of the photo of The Chapel says, this effort is a “Judgment Free Zone.”
Everyone who comes receives food, no questions asked.
But, tell them NOT to come tomorrow because volunteers will be with their families.