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Opinion

Perez: Food rescue thriving at People's Resource Center

Community voice

Kim Perez is executive director of the People's Resource Center
Kim Perez is executive director of the People's Resource Center

Each month, thousands of hungry DuPage County neighbors visit one of People’s Resource Center’s two food pantries in Wheaton and Westmont to choose a week’s worth of nutritious food, including fresh produce, meats, dairy, canned goods and household staples. We are successfully keeping our shelves stocked for each of these neighbors thanks to the support of our community. In the past several years, food rescue has been a growing part of this community support.

According to experts, 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste while one in six Americans are hungry. Food rescue – taking food that would otherwise go to waste, yet that remains safe and edible, and distributing it those in need – is a practice that is not only making a dent in reducing the amount of wasted food, but also feeding many of those who are hungry. When local stores or restaurants have food they can’t sell, People’s Resource Center’s food rescue program makes sure that food goes to hungry people rather than going to waste. In partnership with more than 60 local retailers, businesses like Hillshire Brands and Kraft, as well the Northern Illinois Food Bank, PRC is now conducting more than 100 food rescue pick-ups each week!

When you visit the PRC food pantries, you’ll see bins brimming with fresh produce and bakery items, coolers full of meat, and shelves stacked with food. You’ll also see and hear the gratitude from those neighbors who will have food to keep their families fed. It takes so many caring community members to make this possible – our food rescue retail partners, the great volunteers who help with food rescue pick-ups, and the generous donors who have helped support the purchase of a new truck to keep up with growth in food rescue.  Thank you for doing your part!

Kim Perez is executive director of the People's Resource Center

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