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Poshard Foundation donates $50,000 to food pantries

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- The Poshard Foundation has donated $50,000 in grants to 28 area food pantries to help serve those impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Pantries in 16 southern Illinois counties will benefit from the grant money. The pantries will get between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on how many children are served.

“A couple of thousand dollars to a local pantry may not sound like much, but often the pantry can use that money to leverage greater purchasing power with federal food banks and other organizations with whom they work,” said Glenn Poshard.

Jo Poshard said, “I want the Foundation’s support to act as seed money in the hope that other business, labor, and community groups will support their local food pantries and help out in case this crisis gets much worse. If necessary, our Foundation will distribute another round of grants in the near future depending on how severe the need grows, but we’re hoping many others will chip in.”

The Poshards say the grants are especially needed right now with so many children at home due to schools being closed.

The following pantries received the grants:

  • Ava-Trico Area Food Pantry
  • Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
  • Bethel Temple Evangelistic Ministries Food Pantry (Mounds)
  • Carterville United Pantry
  • Christian Community Compassion Center, Inc. (Harrisburg)
  • City of Hurst Emergency Food Bank
  • COPE - Christian Outreach Program Emergency (Metropolis)
  • Daystar Community Program (Cairo)
  • DuQuoin Food Pantry
  • Gallatin County Food Pantry (Shawneetown)
  • Good Samaritan Ministries Food Pantry (Carbondale)
  • Goreville Ministerial Alliance
  • Grand Tower Township Food Pantry
  • Greater Galatia Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
  • Harvest Deliverance Center Lamb’s Providence Food Pantry (Harrisburg)
  • Herrin Community Food Pantry
  • Herrin House of Hope
  • Marion Ministerial Alliance
  • Ministry for the Broken Hearted Food Pantry (Christopher)
  • Mt. Vernon Rescue Mission
  • Murphysboro Food Pantry
  • Shawnee Development Council, Inc. (Karnak)
  • The Promise (Marion)
  • The Roads Church Pantry (Norris City)
  • Thompsonville Community of Christ Food Pantry
  • Turning Point Church Hands of Hope Food Pantry (McLeansboro)
  • Victory Dream Center (Carbondale)
  • Vienna First Baptist Church Food Pantry

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