Northern Illinois Food Bank Pop-Up Market providing food for those in need

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ELGIN, Ill. — As the pandemic continues into its seventh month, more and more people are becoming food insecure. So the Northern Illinois Food Bank is bringing staples to communities that are struggling.

On Saturday the food bank held a pop-up in Elgin for families in need.

About 3,000 people will drive through their pop-up getting a box each of milk, produce and protein.

Martha Castelan is a mother of three and with all of them home now all day, her grocery bill has grown substantially.

The food bank distributes to suburban pantries in 13 counties, but since the pandemic, the need drastically rose. Now pop-ups are more efficient ways to serve large numbers of clients.

Partners of the Northern Illinois Food Bank have stepped up to help with the increase in clients. For instance, if you gave money at the cash register at Jewel-Osco for the food bank, your donation likely went to provide food for the pop-ups.

“Thanks to their generosity at the register, $1.5 million went to Illinois Food Bank,” Mary Frances, Jewel-Osco, said.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank will continue to have pop-up distribution centers. There are six this week including one Monday at Great America.

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