By Anne Eickstadt

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
Volunteers in Police Service gathered to pile the pallets of food high for delivery to local churches and food pantries.


The Belvidere Police Department has been out on weekends collecting food for their Feed the Need program in Boone County.

“We collected a lot of food and over $6000 in cash,” said Deputy Chief Matt Wallace of the Belvidere Police Dept. “I don’t think we have as many pallets of food as last year but we piled them high. Our Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) spent hours sorting the food for delivery. All of the Food was donated to the following locations: Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, Apostolic Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, and B1 Assembly of God, as well as the Veterans Administration.

“Officer Tim Blankenship, our Community Policing Coordinator spearheaded the Feed the Need program and over the last four weekends, police VIPs have been out to four locations to collect food and donations for the less fortunate in Boone County.

“This is our sixth year of collecting for Feed the Need and Nov. 17 was our first day of collecting. This is our opportunity to give back to the community. The Belvidere Police Dept. did an internal food drive for Feed the Need as well. We came up with nine or ten pallets of food ourselves.

“I am humbled by the Belvidere community and their generosity. I think we overwhelmed the food pantries when we distributed it on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

The Belvidere Police Department and the Volunteers in Police Service donated all of the food from the Feed the Need Drive for 2018.

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Members of the Belvidere Police Dept. and VIPS deliver loads of food to the B1 Church Food Pantry (Belvidere First – Assembly of God), 1105 7th St. on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Thanks to the generosity of the Belvidere Community we were able to give nearly 10 tons of food to local churches, food pantries, and the local Veterans…

For complete article, pick up the Dec. 27 Belvidere Republican.

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