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Rev. Danice Loveridge is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Deacons do not pastor churches rather, they are called to develop ministries that bridge church and community together. She graduated with a bachelors in Human Service from Judson University and a masters equivalent in Basic Theological Studies as well as a certification in Ministry With the Poor from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to this, Danice worked for twenty years as a Respiratory Therapist. She became a member of the Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry Board in 2013 after working with the marginalized of Boone County through Love In the Name of Christ, the Boone County Homeless Project, and the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. Danice has been striving to help connect the marginalized of Boone County to the services and resources they need such as healthcare, affordable housing, education, transportation and employment as well as work with organizations that address the issues that keep many persons in the grip of poverty. She is married to Michael and has two adult children and four grandchildren. When she is not working, Danice enjoys traveling and camping.

Executive Director

Rev. Danice Loveridge

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I grew up the youngest, in a household of 8, where poverty was the daily norm. Beans and potatoes were served often and plates were always licked clean. I've raised 2 children of my own and 3 grandchildren on beans and potatoes and I know what It means to go to bed hungry.  I came to The Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry as a neighbor in need. The Pantry opened their arms and their hearts to me. I received prayer, food, clothing, friendship, love AND A JOB OFFER!!  This was not a hand out. This was a hand UP!  Working at the Pantry allows me to give back and perhaps the opportunity to pay it forward to those in need.  It reminds me that no matter how bad my day may seem, there is always someone who is worse off than I am. Working at the Pantry allows me to have a positive attitude to push through my bad days and it opens my eyes to God's challenge to make a change in the life of others in need, just as the Pantry has done for me.

Office Manager

BRENDA VALDEZ

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Dawn was sent to BBCFP (Empower Boone) on a light duty assignment through a vocational work program. The moment she connected with the staff here, she felt this was the place she wanted and needed to be. There is a passion here to help others in need that matched hers. Dawn particularly loves the smiles she sees on the faces of the neighbors being helped and loves to hear their words of appreciation at being able to feed their families. Dawn has come to realize that she was not sent here as a light duty assignment, but instead as a vocation. When not at work, this mother of five loves to care for her children, her mother, and grandmother. 

Admin Assistant

DAWN SHONDEL

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Ray moved to Belvidere IL with his parents in June 2018 and began volunteering at the Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry. He enjoyed it so much that when a position opened up, he excitedly jumped on it. Ray loves the ability to help others in need because it reminds him of when he was in need and others helped him. When not working his two jobs, Ray enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.

Warehouse Assistant

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Shawn was raised in Elgin and moved to Belvidere later with his family.  He performed work in life insurance, factories and grocery stores prior to coming here in the spring of 2017. Shawn’s time here started as a volunteer before being hired as the Warehouse Assistant. Mr. Williams is now the Warehouse Supervisor ensuring that product is received, stored and distributed appropriately. When he is not at work, Shawn enjoys kick boxing, jiu jitsu, and working out at the gym. 

Warehouse Manager

Shawn Williams

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Board member since 2012. David is the owner and publisher of the community’s newspaper The Boone County Journal which he started publishing in 1996. Larson has a Masters of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University in History. As a life long member of the Boone County community he has an interest is social issues and public policy.  

Treasurer

David Larson

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Resident of Poplar Grove since August 2015.  Engaged to Karri Anderberg.  Two daughters - Addison, 9, and Brooklyn, 2.  B.A. Economics & Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.  J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2004.  Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois since November 2004.  Also admitted to the following bars for the practice of law:  6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Northern District of Illinois.  President, Eric J. Miller Law Group, Ltd., Rockford, Illinois, 2015-present.  Associate Attorney, Farwell Farwell & Associates, P.C., Arlington Heights, Illinois 2004-2014.  Elected Delegate from the 16th Congressional District to the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Elected Trustee of the Village of Poplar Grove, 2017. Comment, The "Cost" of Securing Domestic Air Travel, 21 John Marshall Journal of  Computer & Infomation Law 405, 2003.  Staff Editor, John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, 2003-2004.  Parliamentarian, Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association, 2000-2001.

President

Eric Miller

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Pulling together experience in teaching, training and marketing has been Lydia’s focus for most of her professional career. From her first job taking care of horses, to her current position as a professor of business at Rock Valley College, Lydia tries to find meaning in all work and to work in jobs that focus on helping others find success. Never one to ignore personal responsibility, Lydia has always been thankful for the people that have supported her struggles and dreams throughout her life. Lydia hopes to use experience gained from working for a variety of businesses from small not-for-profits, to top accounting firms to add to the work the fantastic staff and board members are already doing in Boone County.

Board Member

LYDIA SLATOR

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Judy currently is employed at John Morrissey Accts Inc in Belvidere IL. John Morrissey Accts Inc. provides financial expertise in all areas of tax planning & preparation, accounting & business financial services.  Judy joined John Morrisseys’ in 2007 as a seasonal tax administrative assistant and became fulltime with the organization in 2012. She believes strongly in community service and dedication to the continued wellbeing of the neighbors that we serve each month and the continued outreach that is provided to each of them. Being active in her children’s schools has always been an important endeavor to her through board work.  She lives in Belvidere with her husband on a small farmette and is an avid flower gardener.  

Vice President

JUDY GREITER

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