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Sack Hunger: Du Quoin Western Egyptian Food Pantry

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DU QUOIN -- There's never a donation too small for a community food pantry. Every item donated makes a difference in someone's life. Folks in Du Quoin can help us make a difference as we Sack Hunger Friday night.

Brenda Skaggs never thought about how many people go hungry until she found herself in the same situation.

"There's a lot of need out here and I didn't realize it myself when I was working," says Skaggs. 

The Du Quoin woman left work on disability, and she's depended on the Western Egyptian pantry to put food on the table for the last 10-years.     

"This really helps out on food because I get a little bit of link, but not a whole lot," says Skaggs. 

The pantry serves about 200 to 300 Perry County families a month. 

Community Service Coordinator Ashley Greer says the pantry aims to provide a supplement, but more and more people depend on it for regular groceries.

"We've had some who come in and they're just out of food completely," adds Greer. 

She sees the elderly, veterans and even young families come in regularly. 

"Families are doing the multi-generational in the household to so that kind of,  I think, is helping them with food and just being able to take care of people," says Greer.

She says the pantry gets some help from the St. Louis Area Food Bank and local restaurants and stores. But she has trouble keeping spaghetti, hamburger helper, Ramen noodles and even seasonings on the shelves.

"I always think, you know, someone out there might need food and it doesn't matter if it's like a medical problem, that they loose their job because they can't work because of the medical problem. It's just something that happens and one day we might be there," says Greer. 

Skaggs says takes her extra food from the pantry, to "pay it forward."

"If there's something that I get in my box that I don't need, I take it and donate it to others," says Skaggs. 

And without donations, she doesn't know how she'd eat.

"I'd be pretty thin, Probably loose a lot of weight and would worry a lot." 

You'll find the pantry open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Donations from Friday nights game will help out two Du Quoin pantries.

The game kicks off at 7. First 100 people who bring 10 items or more will get a Sack Hunger t-shirt.

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