While VeriFacts has been tackling the challenges of being a small business during the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks have been battling not just the increased demand for meals, but also a drop in the number of volunteers. To support families from the local community who are also hurting during these times, the VeriFacts team volunteered at the Sauk Valley Foodbank to package 300 boxes of food. The Sauk Valley Foodbank distributes the boxes to local food pantries for distribution within the community. With each box feeding a family of 4, the team helped to ensure that approximately 1,200 people have access to food.
The Sauk Valley Foodbank is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that began in 2001 after the United Way of Whiteside County formed a committee to address the increased demands on local food pantries after the closure of large manufacturing businesses in the area. The organization began with two pallets of donated food almost two decades ago and has now grown to handle more than 2 million pounds of food per year. The Sauk Valley Foodbank doesn’t distribute directly to those in need, instead, it supplies food to local food pantries and other agencies.
“We have all felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our team knows how important it is to give back to our community, especially in times of crisis,” says Stephanie Clark, Chief Executive Officer of VeriFacts, LLC. “By volunteering for just one day, we helped to package meals for 300 families who are facing hunger, giving them one less thing to worry about during these challenging times. We feel that it is essential to step in and step up to help our neighbors during these uncertain times. We hope that through our service, we inspire others to give their time or share their talents to help lessen the impact of the pandemic in their own communities.”
With local food banks struggling to meet the needs of the community, the VeriFacts team is not only volunteering for one day at the Sauk Valley Foodbank. “We realize that the needs in our community are amplified by the coronavirus outbreak,” continues Ms. Clark. “The Sauk Valley Foodbank is doing essential work to ensure that our community has enough to eat. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to volunteer and package meals that will be distributed by local food pantries to those who need it the most. We are a small company with a big heart, and we are humbled to be able to make such a large impact with such a simple donation of time.”
To volunteer, make a donation, or get more information about the Sauk Valley Foodbank, please visit their website at saukvalleyfoodbank.org.
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