Full doorsteps, full families

by Delaney Stryczek
Krier Reporter

KANELAND—Deprived. Hungry. Scared.

There are thousands of families that aren’t as fortunate as others. Millions of people have lost their jobs because of the economy, leaving families struggling to pay bills, buy clothes and even buy food. The mission of the Sugar Grove Food Pantry’s food drive, Fill Your Door Step, is to help these families.

Fill Your Door Step is an easy way of donating food for the pantry. Volunteers from the Sugar Grove Food Pantry go to Sugar Grove subdivisions and pick up food from the doorsteps of those who choose donate.

The dates of the drive were Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13—all Saturdays.

The drive started at Kaneland parent and Food Pantry director Melisa Taylor’s house early in the morning and ends at dusk. People donated food, household items, outerwear and pet supplies. The items go to the pantry and were passed out to people who need it. Every house that donated was put in a raffle. At the end of the drive, a winner was selected and received a prize.

Last year, there were 14 vehicle loads of donations from this drive. Fill Your Door Step started about two years ago.

“My sister and I started it with my mom,” senior Danielle Taylor said.

Melisa Taylor said the food drive’s goal at first was to keep the kids busy, but once it got bigger, its goal expanded. Their main goal now is to simply help people.

“Every one of us are going to fall, and we need to put our hands out to help pick each other up,” Taylor said.

A lot of teens come and help out. If students volunteer, the time can go toward volunteer hours, Taylor said.

“I do enjoy volunteering, because it helps other people out,” said Jordan Thelander, freshman and Sugar Grove Food Pantry volunteer. “I feel I have accomplished something.”

The pantry is now accepting additional food donations for the Christmas season.