ROCKFORD (WREX) — An event that raises awareness about hunger returns to the Stateline for the first time in more than a decade.
The Mayor’s Hunger Luncheon honored Ruthie Fairchild, a supporter of Roots and Wings, which was the financial benefactor of the luncheon.
Fairchild was killed in a car crash earlier this year.
Speakers at the luncheon also announced a new program called Ruthie’s Kitchen. It will start later this month at Zion Lutheran Church.
Community members will be able to get free dinners.
Organizations that work on solving problems relating to hunger were also at Tuesday’s hunger luncheon.
“When you look at a fantastic city, it’s not how many millionaires they have,” Mayor Tom McNamara (D) Rockford said. “It’s how few hungry people they have. It’s how few poor people they have. And we as a community need to make sure that our policies and procedures and everything that we do is taking in account for every single person in our community.”
The local Bread for the World Chapter helped bring the luncheon back after its absence.