Illinois food pantries ready to help laid-off workers’ families


Collinsville, IL – With local businesses temporarily closing to comply with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order three local food banks are available to help families facing hardship during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Glen-Ed Food Pantry, 125 5th Ave., Edwardsville, is offering curbside service to maintain social distancing. Call 618-656-7506 to make an appointment.
  • Collinsville Food Pantry, 201 E. Church St. in Collinsville, is open on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Soup-n-Share, 5 Caine Drive in Madison, is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and offering a hot meal on Fridays (carry-out only) from noon to 1 p.m. Their Mobile Market is also available on Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Residents should remain in their cars, and Soup-n-Share staff will assist them.

“Many residents in the Metro East and across Illinois are unexpectedly out of work due to the governor’s stay-at-home order issued to battle the spread of COVID-19,” said State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Ewardsville). “Sudden, uncertain employment can put a huge strain on families during an already stressful time. Thankfully, we have many great organizations here in the Metro East that have stepped up to help families in need during this time.

“Unfortunately, this unprecedented situation can cause food insecurity and is forcing many residents to figure out how to pay their bills and feed themselves and their families,” she said. “I encourage residents who need assistance to visit one of our local pantries, and I urge others to check in on their family members and neighbors that are seniors to see if they are in need of assistance. During this difficult time, it is important that we all watch out for each other.”



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