Poshard Foundation Donates $75,000 to Local Food Pantries

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By Melissa Kohn
By Jared Roberts

CARTERVILLE -- The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children donated $75,000 dollars to local food pantries around southern Illinois. The money was divided among 27 food pantries and will reach 16 counties across Southern Illinois.

Foundation Director Jo Poshard says, "The contributions that we are making to these food pantries today will relieve not only hunger but also anxiety and family strife that can arise when there's not enough food to feed a family."

In return, Poshard requested that each food pantry puts the needs of children in the forefront.

J.R. Russell, of the Marion Ministerial Alliance, says the need for food has gone up dramatically in the past year. Russell added "We're seeing folks coming through our doors now who were, just a few years ago, supporters and donors."

Just in the month of November Donald Nalley has seen more than 590 families come through the door at Christian Community Food Pantry in Harrisburg.

He worries about the families of the coal miners who recently lost their jobs and says, "They're gonna be hitting these food pantries and we're gonna be hurting more. And the food banks cut back so much that it has really hurt us. The Poshard Foundation really picked it up to help us out this time."

Poshard says the donations may not meet all the needs of the local pantries but hopes they will at least keep children from going to bed hungry.

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