On Friday, May 7, the Senior Vice President of Lexington Squares in Lombard and Elmhurst, Dan Harrington, proudly presented a check for $1,300 to demonstrate the senior living communities’ commitment to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Jeannine Kannegiesser, director of corporate giving, gratefully accepted the donation.
“Lexington Square Senior Living Communities selected the Northern Illinois Food Bank as a partner because no one should ever go hungry. We’re fortunate that our residents know they are going to have a wonderful, nutritious meal twice a day,” says Harrington. “But with the pandemic, we recognize that so many people in the area are uncertain when their next meal will come, so we want to help.”
Lexington Square Senior Communities are donating $100 for every move-in to either community. They are also encouraging visitors to share their recipes on the Lexington Square website and Facebook page for which they will donate $10 per recipe to the organization.
Over 80.3 million meals were distributed in 2020 by the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network. During the pandemic, they responded to the call for 3M more meals per month.
“COVID-19 was particularly challenging for us, as it was for so many,” confides Kassegiesser. “We saw an increase of 39% in total meal distribution from October through March 2021 serving 76 mobile pantries and 18 pop-up markets. We are humbled and grateful that even during this difficult time, our 22K volunteers logged in an average 140 hours each.”
The Northern Illinois Food Bank has many generous donors, 900 network partners, to be exact. They spearhead several programs to meet the needs of a variety of children, seniors, and needy families. Donors, volunteers, and corporations are always welcomed, appreciated, and offered many opportunities to support the organization. They are currently taking commitments for their upcoming 23rd Annual Hunger Scramble on Tuesday August 24. Play or sponsor a hole, and both go to this worthy organization.
Lexington Square senior living communities have long committed to this area with the development of their communities by two local families in 1985. Since then, they have served thousands of seniors and their families with safe places that nurture and celebrate the hopes, dreams, and needs of older adults.