Stimulus update: COVID-19 pandemic relief set to expire in Illinois as Congress negotiates aid package. Here’s what to know.

Stimulus update: COVID-19 pandemic relief set to expire in
Illinois as Congress negotiates aid package. Here’s what to
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The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which expects to receive its last boxes Dec. 18, is concerned about its food supply as the program ends. A third of the meals distributed in its 13-county service area from May through November came from the program, and already it has spent twice as much money as last year to purchase food, said Julia Lemp, marketing communications specialist at the Geneva-based organization. The charity continues to see a 60% increase in need because of the pandemic, with up to half of customers accessing food charities for the first time, she said.

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