One of the ways neighbors support each other is through the little free food pantry in the front of the building, a no questions asked resource for anyone in need of food. The church regularly restocks it and we're so thankful for the donations that make this ministry possible.
The “Dot-N-Ed’s Diner” mini food pantry was conceived by friends of Dorothy Galloway and Ed Riddle, in an effort to carry on their legacy of community volunteerism and humanitarianism. Dorothy was a community volunteer and advocate for many Rockford non-profits as well as a passionate promoter of the arts. “Our vision is to carry on the work she so very dearly loved by providing free and accessible non-perishable food to those in need. We are so very grateful to Pastor Johnicker and Brooke Road United Methodist Church for providing a welcome home for the mini food pantry,” said Linda Niemiec, Friend of Galloway. Dorothy and her husband Ed died due to complications from a car accident in Rockford in 2013.
The little free food pantry is similar to little free libraries around town but instead of books it contains non-perishable food items that anyone can pick up. The inscription on the box reads, “Take what you need, leave what you can.” Donations can be dropped off Sunday - Thursday indoors at Brooke Road UMC. Brooke Road UMC thanks Rockford Urban Ministries for coordinating placement of this new ministry in a neighborhood where it is very well-used.
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