This week the children go back to school in Collinsville, Il.. Their summer vacation is over and it is back to learning. Hunger never takes a vacation and interferes with learning. The Collinsville Food Pantry is dedicated to making sure the food insecure children in the Collinsville School District has access to food over the weekend. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will be working on bags the first week of school to send home on Friday. Hunger just does not stop. So neither do we. The Pantry was sending 135 bags home with the children at the end of the last school year. We serve all the elementary, intermediate and the middle school in the district.
Please remember that back to school also means some food security for children. They receive free breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. Meals that help them function during the school day and that in turn helps them learn. By supporting us you continue to support children in their education.
May 16, 2019
By Kristine Cleland - Board President
Summer is coming! You may not be aware that some kids dread summer vacation because, sadly, no school means no lunch. Collinsville Unit #10 School District has approximately 70% of students who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. For these kids, food insecurity is a reality.
Our Tote Me Home program continues into the summer months. We partner with the HHH (Homework, Help and Hoops) Summer Camp Program. They offer a free hot lunch 4 days a week in the months of June and July. They send Tote Me Home bags with the kids who qualify, for the weekend. We need financial support to continue during these summer months. Please consider donating to our kids!
Feb 19, 2019
Always in need...
By Kristine Cleland - President of the Board of Directors
The Director of the Collinsville Food Pantry was discussing the increasing need of menu items for our Tote Me Home Program. We are currently up to 136 children in the program from 9 schools. A member of a local Church heard the Director talk about the increasing number and the need for menu items. The member then went back to her Church and encouraged her Congregation to donate food items to the Tote Me Home Program. A few weeks later she brought in 432 menu items for the Program! They filled up the shelves! This was an unsolicited donation and quite a surprise to the Director. Sometimes listening in to a conversation can have unexpected results! We are always in need of monetary funds as well to continue this program. Please donate today.