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Bringing food (and smiles) to every dinner table this holiday season

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For the residents living in the most challenged neighborhoods in Rockford, not only affording but finding nearby healthy food options for the dinner table is difficult.


Over the past few years on a monthly basis, United Way has made that task a whole lot easier. Through a partnership with Top Box Foods, on the first Saturday of every month, nutritious, affordable food is brought to food-insecure areas of Rockford. For the residents in those neighborhoods, it means not having to drive around town to pick up food to feed their families. The food is offered to those residents at nearby churches and libraries, allowing them to save money on both grocery costs and the gas they’d have to use to get to the nearest grocery store – many times miles away.


The price of the groceries offered through Top Box are up to 40% cheaper than that at a typical grocery store. It makes the service an invaluable resource for Rock River Valley residents who depend on it to provide for their families.


In November, families were offered a discounted Thanksgiving box that featured a 10 pound turkey, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet corn, mac n cheese, green beans, and a chocolate cake, all for less than $30. For the same price in December, families could order a holiday food box featuring a ham, mashed and sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, and a chocolate cake.


Together, thanks to the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and partners like Top Box Foods, we are ensuring every area family has the opportunity to celebrate the holidays, as well as countless other meals every single month.

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