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DeKalb County Community Gardens receives $5,000 from DeKalb Township for COVID-19 aid

The DeKalb Township donated $5,000 to DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) to address the food insecurity in the community, which has risen considerably as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, according to a news release.

“We have seen an overwhelming increase for basic needs including food, and household supplies,” said DeKalb Township Supervisor Jennifer Jeep Johnson in the release. “We are so grateful to have a partner agency that understands the importance of fresh foods, as well as accessibility to food systems for the residents of DeKalb Township, and the whole county.”

“We are extremely grateful that DeKalb Township has entrusted us with this gift. It will be a great help because the demand right now is tremendous,” said Dan Kenney, Executive Director of DCCG, in the release.

According to Kenney, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis began just over one month ago, the number of grocery boxes delivered each week by DCCG has increased by more than 100 – a major jump over recent months.

DCCG has had to significantly increase the amount of money it spends to purchase food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a 480% increase: translating into 18,000 pounds of food or 14,000 meals, according to the release.

Demand at DCCG Grow Mobile pop-up food pantries has increased 120%, the release states, and DCCG’s new Genoa Area Community Food Hub is serving three times the residents as last year.

DCCG also has launched a collaboration with the Voluntary Action Center and Elder Care Services to deliver groceries to homebound seniors or those struggling with medical or mental health conditions.

“We are urging those concerned about hunger in our community to support DCCG,” Kenney said.

DCCG can purchase $8 worth of groceries for every $1 donated, thanks to its partnership with the Northern Illinois Foodbank.

For those in need of food, DCCG is providing pre-packed food packages, drive-thru style at Grow Mobile pop-up pantries across DeKalb County from Kingston to Sandwich and from the Genoa Area Community Food Hub for Genoa and Kingston residents.

For information about upcoming Grow Mobile pop-up pantries, find DCCG on Facebook on Twitter at @dccgardens. For information about the Genoa Hub, find them on Facebook at @GenoaAreaCommunityFoodHub.

For more information about DCCG, visit www.dekalbgardens.org.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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