(WHEATON, Ill. March 20, 2020) People’s Resource Center (PRC) will continue to provide food and emergency financial assistance services to DuPage County residents during the coronavirus outbreak at its facilities in Wheaton and Westmont.
The agency has adapted its food delivery process from a choice pantry to providing pre-packaged food to parked cars for pick-up. In order to minimize contact and to serve people as quickly as possible, there will be no personal shopping during this time.
“In this time of caution, People’s Resource Center is committed to providing a safe environment for our neighbors, volunteers, employees and all who turn to us,” said Executive Director Jeni Fabian. “Our goal is to follow health precautions while sustaining vital services to our community.”
The new, temporary food pantry distribution hours can be found at www.peoplesrc.org/services. These hours are subject to change, based on CDC and government recommendations.
Since adopting the adapted food distribution model on March 14, PRC has served 600 families. The West Chicago Community Market, run by PRC in partnership with the WeGo Together for Kids Coalition, served 100 families. On average, that location serves 55 families per week.
“During this unprecedented time, the families who turn to the PRC community for support face even more uncertainty. We fully anticipate that the need for food and other emergency services will continue to grow,” Fabian said. “Sources of food are also uncertain at this time, and we may need to purchase quantities of food that would typically be donated.”
At this time, PRC is in need of volunteers who can work 3-hour shifts involving standing and lifting, both in the pantry and outdoors. The agency is also in need of food donations; and cleaning and hygiene products. Please visit www.peoplesrc.org/volunteer for more information. Monetary contributions are most in need at this time. Individuals can make a donation here.
About People’s Resource Center (PRC): For 45 years, PRC has striven to greet everyone with dignity, respect and compassion. With a team of over 2,600 volunteers supported by 46 staff members, the PRC community exists to respond to basic human needs and create a future of hope and opportunity through free emergency services and educational programming. As one of the largest anti-poverty organizations in DuPage County, PRC is engaged in coalitions dedicated to connecting families with the tools they need to succeed. PRC remains one of the only multi-service agencies offering basic needs assistance, educational tools and personalized services to help families break the cycle of poverty. To learn more about how PRC makes a difference, visit www.peoplesrc.org.