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The Kendall County Community Food Pantry is expecting around 700 families to pick up turkey dinners Thursday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Board Chairman Greg Witek says the pantry had a record distribution to some 330 families last week.

"The COVID-19 pandemic factors into it in so many different ways," Witek said, "illnesses affect families and then there's job losses and all the associated things with that put stress and strain on families."

The deadline to sign up for the turkey dinner pickup has passed, but Witek says anyone who needs help can contact the food pantry.

While demand for food is on the rise, Witek says so is the community's generosity. So far, the food pantry has been able to meet the increased demand.

The pandemic has changed how food is distributed at the pantry. Food pickup is done using a drive through system with as little contact as possible.

The best way to contact the food pantry is via email at Food Distribution happens on Thursdays expect for Thanksgiving and the Thursday near Christmas. Witek says volunteers are given those days off.