The Rock River Valley Pantry (RRVP) continues to serve the community, providing emergency food to those in the community that would otherwise go hungry. To accomplish this:
- We continue to seek out and acquire the resources needed to serve our clients.
- We provide food that results in a balanced diet, enough for four days for each member of the receiving household. We allow our clients to use the Pantry twice each month.
- We use our current partnerships and always seek new partnerships to help us maintain the food supplies necessary to serve our clients.
- We develop and use the distribution systems necessary to maintain a safe environment for our clients, our staff, and our volunteers. COVID has had a major impact on our distribution methods, but we have made the changes necessary to assure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and clients. Entry to both locations is limited and requires wearing a mask and hand sanitizing.
Our community of donors deserves our thanks and every dollar truly makes a difference in our ability to accomplish our mission. In addition to the monetary donations that allow us to purchase needed food items we have a valued relationship with many of the grocery and specialty stores in this community. Daily, these stores set aside food items, all usable, that the Pantry rescues and passes on to our clients.
Likewise, the volunteers that support the Pantry deserve our thanks. They provide as much as 14,000 hours of essential labor every year, sorting donations and rescued foods, stocking shelves in our choice pantry, and assembling the foods that are distributed at our satellite pantry. They serve as escorts in our choice area and registrars in our intake lobby. They know well the hunger issues in our community and serve as advocating voices.
If you have questions about our operation you may call us, Monday through Friday, between 8:00am and 4:00pm at 815-965-2466. We’ll answer the phone.