The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which has a center in Geneva, provides food through a network of 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers in several counties. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14, Smunt will host a Flowers for Food fundraiser at her house at 403 S. Sixth St. in St. Charles.
For several years, Smunt has been creating “glassy blossoms" yard art in the form of glass flowers. People will be able to purchase the flowers, and all the proceeds will go to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
"We have been hearing about the need and I wanted to do something local," Smunt said. "I have a friend who volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank."
About 60 of her glass flowers will be for sale during the fundraiser. Prices will start at $45. The fundraiser will be held rain or shine.
Those who attend the fundraiser are asked to wear masks or practice social distancing because of the ongoing pandemic. If they don't have a mask, one will be provided.
Smunt will accept cash and checks. Checks should be made payable to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Smunt's glass flowers don't need any fertilizer or water, which is fine by her.
"I don't have a green thumb," she said. "This is my way of putting color into my yard."
Over the years, Smunt has given away many of the flowers as presents. She has gone to garage sales as well as The Salvation Army and Goodwill stores to hunt down the glass for the flowers.
"I'm huge into recycling," she said. "I spend a lot of time all winter long piecing things together to see what looks right and what colors go well together. That's what takes more time than anything else, to make something that is pleasing to my eye and that I think other people would like."
Smunt hopes the fundraiser will become an annual affair to raise funds for other organizations such as Lazarus House in St. Charles and CASA Kane County.