The Collinsville Food Pantry almost made it a year before they had to shut down for Covid! We had an employee test positive and the other employee had to go into quarantine. All the volunteers were told to get tested and stay home for the week. So the Pantry had to shut down for one day. The patrons who came to the doors were given a sack lunch and were informed of the temporary shut down. They were all very understanding. Several Board members came in on the other scheduled Pantry day and helped distribute food. The Church was sanitized and no one else tested positive. This has been a trying time for us all. The Pantry has worked hard not to let this virus keep them from their mission to feed our Community.
The Pandemic is not over and we still need your support. Covid will not defeat us!
Winter is coming! What does that mean for the Collinsville Food Pantry? Our COIVD numbers are still very high, there are restrictions taking place in our County and it is starting to get chilly. We still do all business outside the doors of our building. Our loyal volunteers are tasked on bringing out the bags of food for our patrons. We have no intention of closing and are determined to make sure our Community stays fed. We have seen an increase in monetary donations because people want to make sure we can still serve. We can still use your help to make sure we can purchase enough food to fill the growing demand. Please continue to send support to help use continue to serve. Thank you!
The Collinsville Food Pantry has found itself in a unique situation that was created by battling the current pandemic. We have become a distribution center for other Pantry's in the area. It began with a local diary that had an order cancelled by a large retail outlet. They did not want to have to destroy the milk that no longer had a buyer, so a chain of communication began that ended up with a phone call to the Collinsville Food Pantry. 'Of course, we will accept your order! We understand it is 972 1/2 gallons of 2%milk! We can find places for it all. Oh! It is coming once a week for the next 10 weeks. No problem!" The director and a few volunteers began working the phones. By the time the trailer rolled up in the parking lot, there were 13 other Pantry's waiting to be loaded up. This has blossomed into other business contacting us to be able to donate food items. There is a produce distributor that come twice a month with fresh fruits and vegetables. The other Pantry's are there waiting. Some of the smaller Pantry's have never had the opportunity to hand out fresh milk and produce to their patrons and it has been very emotional for them. It has been a blessing beyond imagination!
The Collinsville Food Pantry is invested in making sure our larger community is now being fed. Please continue to support us and our mission to have no family go hungry.
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