Partnership brings affordable fresh produce and meats to local food-insecure neighborhoods

Top Box Foods

United Way of Rock River Valley partnered with Top Box Foods to increase access to healthy and affordable food in two local neighborhood food deserts. The Chicago-based nonprofit group will provide boxes of quality farm-fresh fruits and vegetable and delicious fresh-frozen meats at discounted prices over the next three months at two United Way Strong Neighborhoods Houses. This is Top Box Foods' first venture in Rockford-area, which operates locations throughout Cook County and Lake County, and is open to the entire public.


Access to quality food sources have diminished for residents living near the Strong Neighborhoods Houses at 908 8th Avenue and 1233 Revell Avenue due to the vacant Highlander store on Rural Street and recent fire devastation of El Olivo Grocery on Seventh Street. Top Box Foods specifically focuses its work in food deserts and closely works with suppliers to purchase foods at reasonable costs. Bundled in boxes, fresh fruits and vegetable and frozen meats, poultry, and fish are then available for purchase by residents at up to 40 percent less than retail. Food items include apples, berries, tomatoes, chicken breasts, shrimp and sirloin steaks. Cash, credit card and Link Card are accepted.


The Top Box Foods distribution center in Rockford is part of United Way's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, which dramatically improves the quality of life for children and families in two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. Through neighborhood engagement discussions, United Way discovered how constraints related to limited income, time and distance make it difficult for residents to access healthier foods.

 

Dates and Locations

Saturday, August 19 (Sponsored by SwedishAmerican Health System)

Strong Neighborhoods House (908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Strong Neighborhoods House (1233 Revell Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 16

Strong Neighborhoods House (908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Strong Neighborhoods House (1233 Revell Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 21

GPS Faith Community Church (10714 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park, Ill.): 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Strong Neighborhoods House (908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Strong Neighborhoods House (1233 Revell Avenue, Rockford, Ill.): 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.