Walmart Foundation Awards $75,000 Grant to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet for Mobile Food Pantry Program
With the Walmart Foundation as a partner in fighting hunger, Catholic Charities will provide fresh food every month to low-income residents in all seven counties of the Diocese of Joliet in 2014. Through the Foundation’s generous support, the Mobile Food Pantry, a refrigerated truck belonging to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, will visit a designated location in each county every month to bring meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruit, pasta, potatoes, bread and other bakery items – for distribution to low-income families. The Mobile Food Pantry Program will have a broad and dynamic impact on the lives of 30,000 impoverished and hungry children and adults in the Diocese of Joliet.
At each Mobil Food Pantry distribution site, Catholic Charities will also offer wraparound services, a comprehensive array of services designed to meet multiple needs. For example, a person may come to Catholic Charities for food, but he/she may also be struggling to pay rent, mortgage, utilities, or prescription medications. He/she (or someone in their family or household) may also be struggling with job loss; child care concerns, or a disability. Our programs can assist people facing these challenges. Program staff will be at each distribution site to provide information on our services and connect people to them if they desire. Offering wraparound services enables us to meet the complex needs of those we serve and improve the quality of their lives.