The Du Quoin Food Pantry is one of 28 pantries in 16 southern Illinois counties who received part of $50,000 in grants last month from the Poshard Foundation.
With the coronavirus outbreak closing schools and putting pressure on area food pantries to provide emergency assistance to more needy children, the Poshard Foundation wanted to get ahead of the problem.
Grants ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 depending upon the number of children being served. The grants require the purchase of food which supports the nutritional needs of children.
"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.
"We wanted to get ahead of the curve because it looks like this virus may be long lasting. Federal and state legislation is already emphasizing food security for children who, due to school closings, are home and are not having regular meals through the schools."
Jo Poshard said hopes that the Foundation's support will act as seed money, and encourage business, labor, and community groups to support their local food pantries.
"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," she said.
Area food pantries receiving grants from the Poshard Foundation are:
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
Christian Outreach Program Emergency (Metropolis)
Daystar Community Program (Cairo)
Du Quoin 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
• To learn more about the Poshard Foundation visit www.poshardfoundation.org, email to email@example.com or call (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564.