Story originally published in The Times, Ottawa, Illinois, December, 2016


Margi Stuedemann with SRCCF

Board Secretary, Pastor Kris Zierke


Christmas came a little early  for hungry kids in the Seneca area.

On Dec. 15, Seneca Packs for Pals Program received an early Christmas gift from First Midwest Bank Charitable Foundation. The program, which provides weekend food for kids in the Seneca, Milton-Pope and Mazon-Verona-Kinsman grade schools, received a grant of $3,000 from the foundation. The money will go a long way to help feed hungry kids. Packs for Pals is run by volunteers from the local churches and is funded through donations.  

Grants have been received from Exelon and Northern Illinois of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Local businesses and service groups have also been generous. Food is donated by people in the community, in a box at the Village Hall and a door-to-door food drive by Seneca Grade School basketball teams. Kids sign up through the school to receive bags of food for the weekend. The school then gives the number of kids to the program and distributes the food when it arrives.  

Before Christmas break, the program was feeding 95 kids at the four schools. This program has been a collaboration between the schools, the churches, Seneca FFA, 4-H, local businesses, and the community. The program is housed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

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