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Taylorville Food Pantry thrives with the help of volunteers

TAYLORVILLE — Did you know that the Taylorville Food Pantry serves about 300 households each month? And, did you also know the Taylorville Food Pantry is a sister organization of the Taylorville Ministerial Association and the Taylorville Community Garden?

Co-coordinator, Amy Hagen, said “ The Community Garden donation is locally grown and regularly donated in the growing season. The quality of the vegetables

we receive from them is among the best of donated product. Jerry and Gerlinda Johnson are both long-time volunteers at the Food Pantry and are now in charge of the garden as well. We couldn’t do it without all of our volunteers and we are so grateful for each and everyone of them.”

Aside from food donations, monetary donations are always needed. Hagen said “Monetary donations are always favored due to the increased purchasing power

that we have buying in large quantities and bulk. Additionally, as an agency of the Central Illinois Foodbank, we purchase the majority of what we buy from them. However we LOVE food drives for the variety that they bring, recognizing the fact that many donors would like to donate food to a food pantry versus monetary donations. Also, most people are surprised to know that we welcome donations of personal hygiene products and detergents. We all know how expensive these items are in the store and when we have shampoo and soap and toothpaste, it flies off the shelf!”

There are many things that happen during the year to promote donations. “Currently, we are in the midst of month one of the annual Kiwanis Food Drive at Miller Media that will continue in July and again in September. David Durbin aka “Termite,” just recently completed his contribution to the 2022 edition of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive (aka US Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger Day). The event is held annually on the second Saturday in May. This year’s event was held on Saturday, May 14th and the local campaign benefitted the Taylorville Food Pantry. With much gratitude, we are pleased to report our local USPS mail carriers raised 3,275 pounds to benefit the local Pantry. Termite and his friends across the country as well as his supporters at the Thunderbird Lounge collectively raised an astounding 53,336 pounds (this figure is in monetary donation equivalent and food poundage)! In the aggregate, Termite has raised 159,744 pounds since 2018, making his partnership with Stamp Out Hunger Day the largest food drive event held in support of the Taylorville Food Pantry on an annual basis. Termite’s commitment to the Taylorville Food Pantry through his leadership and commitment to our organization is an inspiration to so many in our community. He is a persuasive fundraiser and beloved by many for the many ways in which he cares,” said Hagen.

If you or your organization would like to donate or volunteer at the Taylorville Food Pantry, please contact Amy Hagen or Pam Moses, co-coordinators at taylorvillefoodpantry@gmail. com. They are located at 1429 E. Main Cross in Taylorville.

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