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Pantry’s needs increase

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 4:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 5:00 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — The need at Hall Township Food Pantry, which is sponsored by Project Success, is even greater this holiday season.

The food pantry anticipates serving Christmas baskets to about 379 families this year, which is about 90 more families than last year.

“This is in addition to our typical 340 families a month,” said Project Success Director Jan Martin. “We have been seeing a steady 10 percent increase in giving.”

While families usually just “get by” on a regular basis, they really feel the pressure to provide for their families during the holiday season.

“No one wants their family to go ‘without’ during the holidays, so they swallow pride and ask for help,” Martin said.

While Hall Township Food Pantry is willing to accept any kind of donation this holiday season, Martin explained she has been really working to increase the number of dairy products patrons will receive.

“This is a challenge as they require refrigeration, however we are fortunate to have lots of refrigerator and freezer space,” she said. “As our pantry is open Monday through Friday, we are willing to accept dairy, including milk, butter, cheese and eggs daily.”

The unique factor about the Hall Township Food Pantry that sets it apart from others, is the offering of “client-choice,” where a personal shopper volunteer escorts patrons around the “store” helping them selected needed groceries.

“Each patron leaves with approximately 70 pounds of food,” Martin said. “And as food bank regulation, patrons may visit once a month.”

As the need increases this holiday season, the food pantry has become dependent upon the steady influx of generous donations throughout the country.

“We could never help our neighbors in need without the continual generosity of our givers. It is difficult to predict our needs as they vary daily. All we can do is continue to ask,” Martin said.

Project Success of Eastern Bureau County’s Hall Township Food Pantry serves nine communities including, Arlington, Bureau, Cherry, Dalzell, DePue, Ladd, Hollowayville, Seatonville and Spring Valley.

According to the latest census, the food pantry’s coverage area includes about 10,500 residents. The pantry serves about 1,000 people each month, therefore one in 11 residents in the giving area is a patron of Hall Township Food Pantry.

Martin encourages Bureau County residents to check out the food pantry’s Facebook page, where they spotlight services, needs, events and donors of the food pantry. Search for: Project Success of Eastern Bureau Cnty.Illinois.

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