Hunger Resource Network and the HEAR Foundation

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Announce Upcoming Community Outreach Day 80,000 Pounds of Chicken Provided to Local Food Pantries and Shelters

Hunger Resource Network and the HEAR Foundation, two local not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, announce the date for their upcoming Community Outreach Day: Saturday, November 3rd, from 7-10 am in the parking lot of Sunset Foods, 1127 Church Street, Northbrook, IL. 80,000 pounds of chicken will be distributed to local food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Hunger Resource Network and the HEAR Foundation purchased the chicken from Miller Poultry via a generous, discounted offer.

This Community Outreach Day follows a similar, very successful event sponsored by Hunger Resource Network earlier this year. On March 24th, in collaboration with Miller Poultry, 60,000 pounds of chicken were distributed to local pantries and shelters. Many volunteers from the community assisted in this effort including the Northbrook Fire Department, Saint Norbert Youth Ministry, St. Giles Church, the Northbrook Public Works Department, Kraft Foods, Glenbrook North High School and the Northwestern University Athletic Department.

The collaboration between Hunger Resource Network and the HEAR Foundation for the upcoming event has made possible a 33% increase in the amount of chicken purchased and distributed, from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds. Hunger Resource Network will continue to sponsor these events as frequently as possible, as funding permits. While the number of pounds of chicken seems significant, this food distribution fills no more than a two-week need in our local communities.

“We are thrilled to be able to sponsor this event with the HEAR Foundation and are so grateful to Sunset Foods and Miller Poultry for their overwhelming generosity,” said Daniel Jariabka, President of Hunger Resource Network. “We’re looking forward to distributing the chicken we’ve purchased with their help to over 60 agencies in our area serving those in need.”

HEAR Foundation founder Greg Antonucci says, "HEAR is thrilled to be partnering with HRN as working together allows for a significant increase in the amount of chicken that can be distributed to local communities. HEAR began donating high-quality protein when the recession began, thinking that food insecurity would begin to decrease as the economy improved. However food insecurity has not returned to pre-recession levels - 1 in 6 Chicagoland residents doesn't know where their next meal will come from - and therefore we have continued our Feeds program, giving away fresh produce and chicken to Chicagoland food pantries and social service agencies to help them meet the tremendous needs of our communities.”

About Hunger Resource Network
Founded in April 2009, the mission of Hunger Resource Network is to aid in the alleviation of hunger by coordinating the procurement and distribution of food to those in need through community outreach events benefiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Since its inception, Hunger Resource Network has distributed 554,395 pounds of food to those in need. Visit the Hunger Resource Network website at hungerresourcenetwork.org to learn more about their endeavors and partnership opportunities.

About the HEAR (Health, Education and Relief) Foundation
The Health, Education & Relief (HEAR) Foundation http://www.hearfoundation.org invests in small, well-designed programs that bring about permanent change. HEAR currently runs a Scholarship program to assist low-income Chicago students realize successful college careers; supports a home for orphaned and disadvantaged young women in Guatemala through an agriculture and nutrition program, and works to alleviate hunger in the Chicagoland area by producing fresh produce and donating protein to area food pantries.

About Miller Poultry
Miller Poultry http://www.millerpoultry.com has been a small, family-owned company since 1942. Located in Northern Indiana, its mission “To be a company of dedicated, faithful people producing naturally grown poultry in an ethical and efficient manner for consumers who appreciate wholesome, great-tasting food” fulfills their pledge: “We want it right and we want it right every time.”

About Sunset Foods
Sunset Foods is a family-owned grocery store founded in 1937, a neighborhood supermarket dedicated to providing the finest customer service and food quality. Sunset offers a wide selection of organic, gourmet, specialty and fresh food items, and is committed to outstanding customer service and community involvement. http://www.sunsetfoods.com

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Contact: Cathleen Allen
Phone: 847-436-8434
Website: http://www.hungerresourcenetwork.org
E-mail: cathy(at)hungerresource(dot)org

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