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Foster Announces State of the Union Guest

Feb 4, 2019
Press Release

AURORA, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster announced that he has invited Marilyn Weisner to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address. Marilyn Weisner is the longtime Executive Director of the Aurora Food Pantry in Aurora, Illinois. It is one of the largest food pantries in the northern Illinois area and provides food to an estimated 19,000 individuals throughout the year. 

“I am honored to have Marilyn Weisner join me as my guest for the State of the Union this year,” Congressman Foster said. “Her work as Executive Director of the Aurora Food Pantry is so important to our community and makes sure hardworking families do not go hungry. No one should have to choose between paying rent, purchasing life-saving medication, and putting food on the table. Her late husband Tom Weisner was a dedicated mayor of Aurora who was an exemplary public servant and made Aurora a better place in which to live, work, and play. Aurora is a thriving community thanks to their commitment to everyone who calls Aurora home.”

“I am very excited to be attending the 2019 Presidential State of the Union address,” Ms. Weisner said. “This is an important tradition in our country, and each one is an historic event, giving us insight into the expectations for the coming year. I greatly appreciate Congressman Bill Foster’s invitation to join him in the House Chamber to attend in person.”

Food pantries are essential for individuals and families who struggle with food insecurity. The Aurora Food Pantry distributes over one hundred dollars to every family who comes to the pantry. They distribute items that can be too expensive to purchase, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, and fish.