During these unprecedented times where both the pandemic and the economy have affected millions of American families, society needs “everyday” people to lend a helping hand. Chicago area business owner Dennis Haggerty is one of these “everyday” individuals.
Dennis has seen his own friends and family affected through this year and wanted to serve and help others that have been struggling because of the troubles of 2020.
This Thanksgiving, Dennis volunteered at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL and also donated approximately 2,000 masks to those in need of both a good meal and continued protection from COVID19. Along with other volunteers, and the generosity of so many, families were able to enjoy a much-needed hot meal during these trying times.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, America’s largest domestic hunger relief organization made up of over 200 food banks nationwide. Information from their website illustrates just how devastating the pandemic has been on families across the country. “More than 80 percent, or 4 in 5, food banks are serving more people now than they did a year ago.” “From the beginning of March through the end of October, food banks nationwide distributed an estimated 4.2 billion meals to our neighbors facing hunger in the United States.”
Per a USA Today article published on 11/26/2020, “Food banks have consistently seen a 60 percent increase in demand compared to this time last year, and continue to require more food and resources to provide to people in need,” according to a Feeding America news release just days before Thanksgiving.
During these unprecedented times, more help is needed than ever before, and Dennis is proud to be one of the many advocates working to end hunger and donating much needed personal protective equipment to some of our most vulnerable.
Dennis Haggerty is CEO of Car Dealer Benefits, headquartered in Illinois. Car Dealer Benefits was created to provide the auto industry and dealerships the ability to offer affordable ID Theft and Roadside Assistance products to consumers.