SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Several food pantries in southern Illinois will now be able to keep perishable donations longer, something that many pantries struggle with. The help is coming from Ameren Illinois, which recently donated 26 ENERGY STAR upright convertible refrigerator/freezers to pantries across its service area.
The idea came after hearing of places that were having to turn away donations because there was a lack of equipment to store the food. Ameren Illinois Community Relations Executive Tina Gibbs says more than 100 agencies applied for help.
God’s House of Blessings in McClure, Feed My Sheep Ministries of Mt. Vernon, The Table in Vienna, Faith Liberty Mission Church Food Pantry from Du Quoin, Bethel Temple Evangelistic Ministries out of Mounds, and Whiteash Foodbank in Marion were among the 26 total pantries that received a convertible fridge/freezer.
Based on the response, Gibbs says there is a good chance they will do this again later this year.