Aurora food pantry to host mobile Kids' Pop-Up food giveaway Feb. 20

The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will hold its third drive-through Kids' Pop-Up free food giveaway on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at Simmons Park, opposite Aurora Police Department on Indian Trail Road.

The public is invited. Food for 200 patrons will be available on a first-come basis. Registration is not required.

Foods to be distributed are granola bars, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, eggs, ground beef, cereal, applesauce, apple juice and Skillet box dinners.

Partners are Calvary Church of Naperville, Fox Valley Park District and a new partner, Blessings in a Backpack.

Rebecca "Becky" Dunnigan, pantry community outreach and program coordinator, said Blessings will provide food packages for pop-ups starting Saturday.

Dunnigan is assisted by Rev. Kyle Dern, Calvary outreach pastor, who drives a church truck that transports food to the park.

About 10 volunteers from the food pantry and Calvary congregants will load food bags into visitors' vehicles.

Dunnigan explained, "These Pop Ups have items specifically for children. We plan to schedule these Kids' Pop-Ups twice a month."

Future pop-ups, she noted, may include school supplies for remote and in-person learning, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, mittens, hats, scarfs, game, costumed characters and dental exams on site.

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry launched the pop-ups in January. At the Feb. 6 event, some 79 families including 117 children were served Dunnigan said.

Call (630) 692-3061 or visit for more information.

The Rev. Kyle Dern, right, outreach pastor at Calvary Church in Naperville, directs traffic at the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry's second drive-through Kids' Pop-Up food giveaway Feb. 6. The next event will be at Simmons Park in Aurora on Saturday, Feb. 20. Courtesy of Al Benson
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