AURORA, IL — Former Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy visited Aurora on Wednesday to hand out food boxes and mark the successful start of a partnership with the city.
Top Box Foods, founded in 2012 by Chris and Sheila Kennedy, launched an initiative last month with the City of Aurora that has provided more than 1,000 nutritional food boxes to 250 residents in low-income communities, according to a news release.
Residents in five neighborhoods, mostly composed of single mothers and senior citizens, have received boxes of fresh produce and meat every other week since early September as a result of the city’s partnership with Top Box Foods, the release states.
Kennedy’s trip to Aurora comes almost exactly 60 years after his uncle and then-U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy visited the city during the 1960 presidential election.
City officials billed Chris Kennedy’s visit Wednesday as “another important campaign,” with the businessman also set to hand out diabetes-prevention information to residents.
“We have segments of our community who are in need of additional food, but just do not have the means to attend other outreach efforts,” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said in the release. “Kennedy and his team have helped us to fight food insecurity and food inaccessibility for those most in need. This is often the same population disproportionately impacted by diabetes, hypertension and even COVID-19.”
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 54 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.
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October 14, 2020 at 12:41PM