Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Anna Food Pantry in Desperate Need of Donations
ANNA -- The Shawnee Development Food Pantry in Anna is down to bare bones right now. County Coordinator Paula Stair says what they do have may not be all that filling.
"We got spaghetti sauce. We got a lot of spaghetti sauce, and unfortunately, we do not have the spaghetti to go with it."
But Stair says what they have now is a blessing compared to earlier this month when they had to close the pantry for two weeks due to lack of food. It was the first time in 20 years.
"Last Monday, we got a shipment from Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville, Indiana and we was able to open back up on a Wednesday. And we had 115 households use the food pantry on a Wednesday," Stair explains.
Thanks to a church donation on Monday, Stair says they can feed maybe 10 families. But unless they get more donations, this is all they have until mid-November. For the 335 families the food pantry serves, each household will only get a small shopping bag of food, whether it's just for two people or a family of five.
Stair says local funding cuts have limited what they can buy and federal funding cuts have limited what they get from Tri-State.
"We're very limited to what we can give. You know, we cannot serve a whole family what they actually need to carry them through. This is just a stopgap."
The Shawnee Development Food Pantry accepts non-perishable food items and financial donations. You can stop by from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or call 618-833-7431. The pantry is located in the Clinical Service Building on the Choate Mental Health Center Campus at 1000 North Main Street in Anna.
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