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DeKALB – The DeKalb Township donated $5,000 to The Salvation Army of DeKalb County to help feed residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Major Angie Pennington, a corps officer with The Salvation Army of DeKalb County, said the organization is grateful to DeKalb Township for its "added" support, according to the news release.
"We're seeing more and more families coming to us for help in the wake of the state's order to shelter in place," Pennington said. "Being able to provide a food box for a family takes a burden off their shoulders."
The donation is for making an additional order from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Salvation Army has seen a 30% increase in food pantry requests over last week and a 50% increase in emergency rental assistance funds.
The Salvation Army provides pre-packed food boxes with curb-side pickup 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The organization also provides the food boxes from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Emergency assistance and social services for those with COVID-19 related hardships are available through appointment by calling 815-981-9111.
Jennifer Jeep Johnson, supervisor for DeKalb Township, said the whole community has challenges and needs that the township is trying to help meet.
"[This] includes helping resource our partner agencies who are working extremely hard to make sure that people have food and shelter," Johnson said.
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