Oswego Village President Gail Johnson and Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski stopped by the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in Yorkville to thank some very important people April 5 – the volunteers who make it all happen.
“Our volunteers play such a vital role in ensuring that every person in this community has access to fresh, healthy food, and they just do an amazing job,” Johnson said. “Our community is just very indebted to these dedicated people.”
Johnson and Golinski toured the Food Pantry’s facility as part of the Mayors’ Day of Service Recognition, a nationwide effort from more than 4,300 city and county leaders to thank AmeriCorps VISTA, SeniorCorps and other national volunteer program participants, for the work they do in their communities.
Eighty-four members of the Senior Corps RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, volunteer at the Kendall County Food Pantry on a regular basis. On Thursday, volunteers were prepping the pantry before the earliest shoppers arrived, setting out fresh dairy and produce, and stocking shelves of bread and other staples.
“They’re really the fuel behind this,” said Barbara Nadeau of Senior Service Associates, which coordinates the RSVP program in Kendall County. “They’re so dedicated. Some of our volunteers are getting up into the 80s and 90s and they’re still volunteering. People think everyone declines as you get older, but they’re not declining. If anything, they’re staying active and just getting better.”
Mayors Day of National Service Recognition activities in Kendall County are part of a national bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back.
In addition to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry volunteers, ten AmeriCorps members, who are typically college-aged, serve at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which helps coordinate food supplies for Kendall and other area food pantries.
“The work that these volunteers are doing is just invaluable,” Golinski said. “I want to thank them for their service, and encourage everyone with the time and talent to consider volunteering and making an impact.”
The effort is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service. For more information, visit NationalService.gov/RecognitionDay.