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updated: 4/23/2011 11:08 AM

Batavia pantry needs restocking

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More than 100 volunteers from nine Batavia churches, community volunteers and the Batavia Lions Club will join with Jewel and Berkeley's food stores to help restock the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1.

Twenty-three years ago a group of concerned citizens met to try to find a solution to help needy local residents. From this grass-roots beginning, Food Sharing Days were developed to assist and benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Volunteers in red aprons at Jewel and Berkley's food stores will pass out lists of suggested items, the food pantry needs, to shoppers entering and will collect the food items the shoppers donate to the food pantry as they exit. Containers for cash donations also will be available for those not grocery shopping. All donations will be taken to the food pantry where another group of volunteers will sort and shelve the items for distribution to qualified, needy Batavia and Batavia Township residents.

The food pantry serves 1,200 to 1,300 people each month. Food donations also may be dropped off at the food pantry, 100 Flinn Drive, two blocks south of Wilson Street, Batavia or call (630) 879-3784. Food pantry hours are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month; and 10 a. m. to noon Friday.