Food for Families drive begins April 17

Granite City – Madison County unions, schools and companies will join in April to restock the shelves of local food pantries in the second annual Food for Families drive.

The Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way Labor Engagement Department is hosting the drive.

Most of the county’s public school districts are participating in the event by encouraging their students to bring in non-perishable canned goods during the week of April 17-22.

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the schools that collect the most food per student. Cash donations will equal one pound for every dollar.

Donations may also be brought to the Granite City Schnucks at 3100 Madison Ave. (Route 203) from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Last year, the drive collected 19,000 pounds of food. The goal for this year is 35,000 pounds.

For more information, contact United Way Labor Liaison Terry Biggs at (618) 258-9800 or at

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