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Sack Hunger: Du Quoin Food Pantry

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DU QUOIN -- From vegetables and fruits to cereals and meats, every item donated to area food pantries makes a difference in someone's life.

Folks in Du Quoin can help us Sack Hunger Friday night at the Indians football game.

There's never a donation too small for a community food pantry.

"It's always nice even if it's just canned goods or cereal or something like that. Any little bit helps," says Pinckneyville woman Chelsea Lindsey. 

Lindsey is coming to the Du Quoin Food Pantry for the first time in awhile.

"It's good for us, for that people that are even on food stamps. If you don't have enough you can always come here and get different things that you could always use," says Lindsey. 

Administrators say this pantry has been serving the community since at least the 1970s.

"I think there's always more to be done, but we're doing what we can in this area," says treasurer Ruth Hawkins.

Right now, 40 to 50 volunteers are helping 400 families each month. Hawkins says the pantry gets support from local businesses, organizations, and the St. Louis Area Food Bank.

"That is kind of off and on, sometimes we get quite a lot of food and other times we don't get very much. Our main source of food probably is the area churches and individuals," says Hawkins. 

Families are allowed to use the pantry once a month, but Hawkins says sometimes the need is so severe, they've added the "second bag" program, where people can come back and pick up a prepacked bag within the month.

"If you need it, you just need it and you shouldn't feel bad because you know you actually need it and they're here to help you," says Lindsey. 

She says tries her best to provide for her family, but she's glad there's a place that provides a little extra help.

"It's a wonderful pantry. They give really good stuff and they're really nice people." 

This pantry is open every Thursday from 9-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The game kicks off 7  p.m. Friday night. Du Quoin fans are helping out two area pantries. The first 100 people who bring 10 items or more will get a Sack Hunger t-shirt.

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