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updated: 9/10/2012 10:07 AM

Residents filling big hole at food pantry

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Recently in the Elk Grove Township Newsletter I wrote a plea for help in our food pantry. The plea was more like begging. We needed food so very badly and the community responded.

We have been experiencing an ever-increasing population in need of help and in need of food. Our shelves were nearly bare and yet the people were coming. We had been purchasing food and had spent over $15,000 since the first of the year. This was something we could not sustain forever.

I learned a fabulous lesson; our residents have very big hearts. The response from the community has been overwhelming. I had written that desperate times called for desperate measures and we were blessed. I learned I did not have to beg, I really just had to ask.

People started bring in food and financial assistance for the pantry every day since the newsletter went out. On weekends and after hours, food was being placed in our drop box. How wonderful is that.

I have tried to think of a better way to show my gratitude to the community but THANK YOU is all I could come up with. Rest assured it does come from my heart.

We do live in an area where people do care about each other and especially the neediest among us.

Nanci L. Vanderweel,

Supervisor, Elk Grove Township

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