Sack Hunger: Herrin at Carbondale and Johnston City at SVWW
WSIL -- New 3 is working to Sack Hunger at two different high school football games this Friday night.
We'll be in Carbondale as the Terriers take on Herrin and in Sesser when the Red Devils host Johnston City.
In Carbondale, fans will be donating to the Good Samaritan House food pantry and the Herrin House of Hope.
The Good Sam Pantry feeds, on average, about 600 Jackson County families a month. The Herrin House of Hope is currently helping around 15.
The House of Hope food pantry is newer and is marking its one-year anniversary this month. Leaders say they're serving a lot of single moms and still trying to spread the word about the pantry.
"Little by little we're starting to see people are actually kind of hesitant to even ask for help," says John Steve of Herrin House of Hope. "As we keep on going we encourage others, that's what we're here for."
Good Samaritan House has been a fixture in Carbondale for decades, and in that time they've seen the need increase dramatically. Their statistics show a nearly 50 percent increase in use of the food pantry in the last five years. In 2013 they helped more than 7,000 families, and it can be a struggle to meet the demand.
"We are giving people everything we can possibly give them and at times we have to cut the quantities down," adds Mike Heath of Good Sam.
At the game in Sesser, football fans will be supporting the Sesser Valier Area Lifeline pantry and the Manna Mission from Johnston City.
The Sesser Valier Area Lifeline pantry serves between 80 and 150 people in the Sesser-Valier school district monthly. In August, they had 95 patrons.
The Manna Mission helps people within the Johnston City district. Right now they're seeing between 50 and 60 families monthly, nut numbers have been going up significantly in the last six months, with a lot of new faces coming in.
Leaders with the Manna Mission say they could especially use kid-friendly foods like spaghetti-os and mac and cheese.
"We've had to buy food the last several months so this is going to really help us tremendously," says Cheri Litton with Manna Misson.
The Sesser-Valier Area Life Line pantry relies on donations from the public and local churches for its once a month distribution. They could use donations of any sort. And in addition to food, diapers are also in high demand.
"We like helping people," says Judson Phenicie. "Sometimes we get a little overloaded in here ourselves trying to get all the boxes together but it's all for a good cause."
The pantry that brings in the most food at each game Friday night will also win a $500 donation from Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Target will contribute to the runner up.
We hope you'll come help us Sack Hunger Friday night in Sesser.
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