Editorial: Corvette show is a vehicle for hunger relief

By on July 16, 2009

Car enthusiasts, those interested in helping create a hunger-free northern Illinois, or those just interested in a nice day in the country are invited to the fourth annual Country Car Show at 2 S. Green Road, Elburn, on Saturday, July 18 (rain date is Sunday, July 19).

The event, featuring more than 30 sponsors, is put on by the Fox Valley Corvette Club in cooperation with the Miller Family and will benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB), a nonprofit organization working to create a hunger-free northern Illinois.

The show features cars of all makes, models and years, including works in progress. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in 30 classes. To show your car, just pay a $15 registration fee on the day of the show. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by public voting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and awards beginning at 3 p.m.

The event ends when participants and members of the public decide they’ve had enough viewing of cars, spending time with each other, and eating picnic-style. For information, and updates, visit www.countrycarshow.com or call at (630) 715-9062.

The 2008 show raised $9,000 for the NIFB on a rain day, and organizers hope this year will surpass that number.

NIFB obtains donated food and financial support from a variety of sources, ranging from businesses to community groups and individuals. Food is distributed to its 13-county region through a network of 520 nonprofit food pantries, shelters and other assistance locations.

According to the NIFB website, www.northernilfoodbank.org, it distributed 22 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available. Even more striking are the results of its Hunger in America 2006 study, which found that:
• 33 percent of those served by NIFB are children, and 7 percent are between 0 and 5 years of age.
• 38 percent of households served include at least one employed adult.
• More than a third have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heat.

Times are tough; there’s no discounting that. But chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re not choosing between food and heat.

So, if you’re into cars or just want to have a picnic in the country surrounded by car enthusiasts and people who want to raise funds for those falling through the economic cracks, plan on spending July 18 at the Country Car Show in rural Elburn.