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Roger and Sandy Jensen

Roger and Sandy Jensen at the Food Bank.

"I knew there was a need, but I didn't realize how much of a need there really is," says Sandy Jensen.

Sandy and her husband, Roger, have been dedicated Food Bank volunteers since the late 90s. At the time, Roger had just retired from his job as a research engineer with Caterpillar.

After working up to 70 hours a week as a nurse anesthetist for 35 years, Sandy worried her golden years would bore her. She and Roger decided to fill their free time giving back to their community.

They had brought their son and daughter to volunteer with Northern Illinois Food Bank several times and always joined in local food drives. Knowing the importance of providing nutritious food for our neighbors, the Jensens started helping with food rescue and quickly expanded their efforts to help in many different capacities.

Sandy learned the reality of hunger from her mother, who grew up as one of six children raised by a single father during the Great Depression. Roger's family had also had to work hard to make their food last.

Roger and Sandy JensenA few years ago, Roger and Sandy became financial supporters of the Food Bank's work as well, making their gifts through their investments.

Sandy and Roger have, by example, taught their children and grandchildren the importance of caring for others. They hope their generosity continues to encourage their family, friends and fellow neighbors to help provide relief.

"If you've got anything, you can help others," Roger says. "Pay it forward!"

We are so grateful for caring people like Sandy and Roger, who do their best to ensure their community can thrive. Thank you for your support!

Please contact Gina Gramarosso at 630-443-6910, ext. 130 or ggramarosso@northernilfoodbank.org for more information about joining Tomorrow's Harvest.

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