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Stuff the Squad Helps Feed Community

Fox Valley Baptist Church, East Dundee, Illinois, partnered with the Carpentersville Police Department to collect food for a food pantry. Phil Zilinski, pastor of the East Dundee church and a Regular Baptist chaplain for the Carpentersville Police Department, helped organize the food drive, called Stuff the Squad.

On Nov. 19, members of the community dropped off donations of nonperishable food at the police department. “At least seven squads would have been stuffed if we didn’t end up moving the donations into the garage,” the police department says.

Volunteers then delivered the boxed and bagged donations via squad cars to FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville, which has served more and more people every month over the last year, says pantry manager Donald Cwynar. Stuff the Squad was timely, as residents were able to pick up food for Thanksgiving.

Phil Zilinski thanks donors for their generosity.