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Ashley volunteers aid food bank in Geneva

Surrounded by several Ashley HomeStore Geneva team members, marketing representative Andrea Mattea (center in orange), and store manager Jennifer Rocha [right in black]  present a $1,000 donation check to Joelle Duke [right front] of the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva. Ashley HomeStore partnered with the Geneva-based food bank as a way to help a local nonprofit.
Surrounded by several Ashley HomeStore Geneva team members, marketing representative Andrea Mattea (center in orange), and store manager Jennifer Rocha [right in black] present a $1,000 donation check to Joelle Duke [right front] of the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva. Ashley HomeStore partnered with the Geneva-based food bank as a way to help a local nonprofit.

GENEVA – A team of volunteers from Ashley HomeStore spent some time at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva this past holiday season, the company announced in a news release.

Ashley HomeStore, which recently opened a store at 1777 S. Randall Road, Geneva, is committed to giving back to the communities that they serve, the release stated.

Wanting to help a local nonprofit, the company created a partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, the release stated.

Andrea Mattea, Ashley HomeStore’s marketing representative, stated in the release that during their visit, volunteers processed almost 4,100 pounds of tomatoes and packed onions, which will be made available to more than 800 pantries and programs through the food bank.

The company’s $1,000 donation is almost equivalent to $8,000 worth of groceries, Mattea stated in the release.

She was happy her team could make a difference for residents who often go hungry every day, the release stated.

“Opening up a new store in a new community is one of those things that we take a lot of pride in as we reach out into those local communities,” Mattea stated in the release. “Doing events, such as partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and having a team outing, is an example of how we give back to the local community. We had a blast.”

Northern Illinois Food Bank spokeswoman Jennifer Nau said the food bank was appreciative of the team members’ work during their visit, the release stated.

“Thanks to volunteers from Ashley HomeStores, we were able to package vine-ripened tomatoes for our hungry neighbors – nearly 3,400 meals’ worth,” she said. “Every dollar, every hour makes a difference to those we serve and we could not be more grateful.”

More information about Northern Illinois Food Bank is available by visiting www.SolveHungerToday.org.

More information about Ashley Furniture is available by visiting www.ashleyfurniture.com.

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