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Food pantry


Grace Lutheran Food Pantry is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to feed the hungry in our community.  We are completely staffed by volunteers. Our funding comes, strictly through, the generosity of donations, food drives; and community groups. We utilize the Central Illinois Food Bank for the majority of our food supplies. Supplementing with items purchased at local food stores.


In a country of plenty, it is difficult  to accept that people in our city are going to bed hungry.  Since our Pantry opened in 1974, we have worked very hard to help feed the hungry.  We feel that our generous 3-day emergency food order may be what some families need to just get by until their next check. 


Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11:00-2:30;

Wednesday, 11:00-1:00 closed on Fridays.


HOW DO WE GET FROM THERE TO HERE?

Each day the shelves in the pantry are stocked full and by day’s end, the shelves are very bare.  It takes a remarkable amount of time, energy and grocery products to keep the pantry full.  

We have only volunteers who work in the pantry serving clients and each volunteer works at least 2 hours per week

This does not include the men who go to the Foodbank, load the trucks, return to the church and unload the trucks.  Once the trucks are unloaded, everything must be put away.  We have women who come every week, some twice a week, to help sort, bag and properly store our groceries.  Volunteers also come in daily to fill the Pantry shelves.  Weekly an order is placed with the Foodbank and any other food supplies which must be purchased and picked up at retail stores.  Most of the food we get comes from Central Illinois Foodbank.  People find it hard to believe the marvelous donations that are made to the Foodbank and they we are able to get them at 18 cents per pound, which we call shipping and handling…the Foodbank calls it shared contribution.

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HOW OFTEN CAN PEOPLE GET FOOD?  Clients can come every 30 days.  


OUR AIM:

It would be wonderful if this was our last year… that no more hunger exists, but it won’t be happening now.  Our hope is for a world where children will not know about hunger and just concentrate on being children.


HOW CAN I HELP???

Our pantry could not exist without the generous support in money, time and energy of our congregation and our sister congregations.  Save brown paper or plastic bags; get a group (scouts, church youth groups, confirmands, and fellow employees) to volunteer for needed projects. 


FOOD LIST 

Pasta Sauce/Pasta

Canned Meat

Canned Vegetables

Hamburger Helper

Frozen Meat is usually available

Tuna Casserole Kit

Beans 

Ramen noodles

Soup

Jelly

Peanut Butter

Fruit, can or when available fresh

Macaroni and Cheese

Cereal

Crackers

Sugar

Snacks

Soap/Detergent and Toilet paper


The following items are provided when available:

Fresh produce

Milk

Bread

Eggs

Donation Wish List:

Non-perishable food items                      Tuna                              Soup

Pastas                  Laundry soap               Bar soap                        Toothpaste

Title?Donation Wish List:

Non-perishable food items          Tuna                           

Soup

Pastas                 

Laundry soap              

Bar soap  

Toothpaste

Donation Wish List:

Non-perishable food items                      Tuna                              Soup

Pastas                  Laundry soap               Bar soap                        Toothpaste

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