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Geneva hosts food drive during food bank's 'Hunger Action Month'

GENEVA – The city of Geneva is hosting a community food drive this month, which is Hunger Action Month for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Donation boxes will be accessible during normal business hours at six municipal buildings, part of an effort to highlight the problem and show how to help, Mayor Kevin Burns said.

“Too often, when we see challenges in the community, we struggle with exactly what we can do,” Burns said. “The food bank’s solution is simple and effective – donate money, donate food or donate your time. Each one of those contributions will help a family.”

Burns said even a $1 contribution will buy $8 worth of groceries. A $15 contribution will provide a backpack of food for a student and two siblings for those who don’t have enough food over the weekend, he said.

“It’s incredible that in this day and age, we have friends and neighbors who go hungry,” Burns said. “And we have the power to change that in a most simple and effective way.”

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides meals and programs serving more than 71,000 people each week. Food bank spokesman Erik Jacobsen said Hunger Action Month is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of hunger. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is one of 200 food banks working with Feeding America, in the initiative.

“We’re really excited that the city is hosting a food drive,” Jacobsen said. “We are looking to engage communities in our 13-county service area, helping in our mission of solving hunger.”

The food bank also is hosting events, including a cooking demonstration at Geneva’s Festival of the Vine from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 on the demonstration stage at James and Fourth streets.

Jennifer Lamplough, the food bank’s director of nutrition programs and a professional chef, will demonstrate using butternut squash to make a healthy sweet treat.

Lamplough’s next public demonstration will be at noon Sept. 25 at the food bank, at 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva. Lamplough will demonstrate how to make healthy meals for a family of four for less than $10, Jacobsen said.

Donation boxes for Geneva’s food drive will be accessible from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St.; as well as the finance division, 15 S. First St.; police department, 20 Police Plaza; fire station No. 1, 200 East Side Drive; and fire station No. 2, 2530 Fargo Blvd.

Donation boxes will be accessible from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at public works, 1800 South St., Geneva.

Information about the food bank’s mission or how to make a donation is available online at or by calling 630-443-6910.

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