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SOBRE NOSOTROS

Barb Food Mart is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization founded in 2013 to help alleviate food insecurity for children and families in the DeKalb School District 428. More than 60% of the students in the district qualify for free and reduced meals.  We operate as a dignity based food security resource offering online ordering to 200 families each week, as well as limited indoor shopping for families who cannot order ahead.  We also collaborate with community partners to increase access to essential wrap around services that can address the root causes of poverty. 

In 2021 we opened our first satellite food pantry serving DeKalb Highschool students, and in 2022 we opened our second satellite at Malta Elementary.  Both satellite sites are funded and operated through Barb Food Mart and coordinated by DeKalb School district staff volunteers. 

We welcome feedback and collaborate with the community that we serve to drive innovation.  We value efficiency and have created a model that allows families to pick up food that they choose with an incredibly quick turn around time.  For many families in our drive thru line they are able to be in and out in under five minutes. 

 

We embrace change and examine our practices for implicit bias and strive to remain culturally responsive in the food that we source and the ways that we interact with families.   We value language diversity and work to have Spanish and English speaking volunteers at every point of contact for families.  Please contact us to learn more about how you can join our mission and support our work! 

Barb Food Mart es una organización sin fines de lucro exenta de impuestos fundada en 2013 para ayudar a aliviar la inseguridad alimentaria de niños y familias en el Distrito Escolar 428 de DeKalb. Más del 50 por ciento de los estudiantes en el distrito califican para comidas gratis o reducidas.

La despensa de alimentos compra la mayor parte de sus alimentos del Northern Illinois Food Bank, una organización sin fines de lucro que proporciona alimentos a una tasa muy reducida de $ 1 por $ 8 en alimentos a más de medio millón de personas en un área de 13 condados en Illinois.

En 2020, la pandemia obligó a la despensa a adoptar un modelo de recogida en la acera para permitir la recogida sin contacto. Al mismo tiempo, durante este período, el número de personas que visitaban la despensa se duplicó, de aproximadamente 70 por semana en diciembre de 2019 a entre 140-170 por semana de marzo a diciembre de 2020. Los gastos de comida también se duplicaron y la despensa tuvo que Realice numerosas compras (carpas, luces, calentadores, cajas) para acomodar el nuevo modelo.

Barb Food Mart no recibe asistencia gubernamental directa y no está afiliada a ninguna otra organización. Depende de las donaciones de individuos, organizaciones, empresas, agencias de subvenciones y fundaciones.

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