ROCHELLE — At a grand reopening ceremony for its recent renovations on Friday, Walmart of Rochelle presented donations to Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Community Action Network.
The donation to NIFB was for $2,000. NIFB Retail Coordinator Simon Seibert said his organization operates in 13 counties in northern Illinois and has provided over 81 million meals to local food pantries in local communities.
“Without teams like this, we wouldn't even be here,” Seibert said. “Just this year, this store has donated more than 87,000 pounds of food to Rochelle Christian Food Pantry. That's huge. That creates almost 73,000 meals. Those meals would feed a family a four on three meals a day for 203 months. That's 17 years. All of the food that's been donated by this wonderful team stays in this community. It's really amazing.”
The donation to CAN was for $3,500. Walmart Store Manager Jim Haager said the store has worked with CAN over decades.
“Each year we partner with Walmart to do the children's shopping trip for needy families in Rochelle,” Mike Dale of CAN said. “It started long before I got here. We've just carried the torch on and Walmart's always been a great partner for us. We really appreciate that partnership.”