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Pinckneyville families receive $400 worth of groceries

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- Least of the Brethren Food Pantry held its bi-weekly food donation on Friday and was able to serve 108 families. 

Normally, neighbors in need get five pounds of chicken, along with canned goods, fruits, and vegetables. But, thanks to a special 25,000 lb. delivery by the St.Louis Area Food Bank patrons received a few extras. 

"We are giving people 30-35 pounds of chicken, they’ll have something on the Christmas table," says George Culley, the pantry's president. 

Families also took home four gallons of milk and eggnog, which are typically not included. "We never get milk. Milk is very luxurious. Eggnog is a special blessing from the Lord,"Culley explains. 

Culley, and his wife Betty who helps run the pantry, are proud of the work volunteers put in. Volunteer Michael Jennings has only been helping for two months, but seeing veterans and single mothers come into the pantry, is his motivation to never miss a donation. 

"My prayer every day is to be a blessing to someone and this is someplace that I feel like that I am a blessing," Jennings says. 

There's also a strong presence of young volunteers doing their share to give back like Tamara Castleberry. She enjoys loading the boxes of food into patrons cars, so she can see a smile on their face before they leave. 

"It's warming people's hearts," Castleberry says. "They're like 'thank you, you did a good job.'"

The pantry is open every Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

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