If you ever want to know how the economy is doing, check out the local food pantry. We are busy and that is not a good thing. We are busy because of the increase of cost of food. I am sure you have noticed it at the grocery store! People are struggling. Our numbers have increased not just at the pantry but our programs as well. The SOS Soup Kitchen hands out free hot meals twice a week. They are seeing an increase on the number of meals that are served which puts stress on the organizations that are hosting. Our Tote Me Home program is growing. More kids are being identified at school as being food insecure. Growth is not always a good thing. Hunger is an ongoing issue. We need your support to continue helping people. Thank you!
We are grieving the loss of our Director, Angel Lipham. She passed away on June 17 from a battle with Cancer. She worked up until 2 weeks before she passed. She loved her job, co workers and volunteers. She was our light. We are going to miss her deeply. The Pantry will continue forward serving our Community. That will not end with the loss of her nor would she want that. The Collinsville Food Pantry has weathered losses before but this one hurts more. We have grown under her direction and have become a model of what a food pantry can accomplish in the Community.
Please continue to support us and keep the Pantry in your prayers as we move ahead without our Angel.
"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - Plato
A single mother came in on Tuesday morning while the Pantry was operating. She looked tired. We had to update her information into the computer because she had not been in to see us since January of 2020. She said she had not needed to come in but with the ending of the additional SNAP benefits she was going to be short this month for groceries. Our job was finished and she got up and hurried to go shop with a volunteer. Hunger is very prevalent in our society. It touches everyone. Your children or grandchildren go to school with fellow students who rely on the free and reduced lunch for their main meal of the day. There are people who skip meals so they can afford their medicine. People have to make a decision on which bill to pay because they can not afford to pay them all. Life can be rough. Remember that everyone deserves a little kindness because you have no idea what decisions they had to make today.
Please continue to support us financially as we help our Community. Thank you.
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