By SHERI GASSAWAY
Arnold – Laborers’ Local 110 has once again shown its generosity to the community by donating $2,500 to the Arnold Food Pantry.
Local 110 Business Manager Don Willey and Government Affairs Director Clint McBride presented the pantry with the donation at the Taste of Arnold event held July 28 at Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Arnold.
Willey said the pantry has helped many union families make ends meet, especially during times of recession. “We’re happy to help organizations that help our members,” he added.
In 2012, the pantry moved to its new location at 2024 Key West Dr. in Arnold. Local labor unions and their contractors stepped up to the plate to renovate the building to the tune of $280,000 in cash, labor and materials.
And the support for the pantry continues to come in. Since 2012, Local 110 has donated $17,500 in cash and coordinated all the asphalt paving work outside the building when it opened.
Also at the July 28 event, Rep. John McCaherty (R-High Ridge - COPE endorsed in the Aug. 2 primary election) presented Tom and Pat Bourgeois with a resolution from the Missouri House commending them for their contributions to the pantry and Jefferson County.
The Bourgeois’, who own Glen Alspaugh Kitchen and Bath, have spent countless hours volunteering and recently donated $50,000 toward renovations at the pantry and its thrift store.
Additionally, Tom Bourgeois – the pantry’s newest board member – has donated numerous countertops, fixtures and stainless steel tables to the organization and has hired several of his company’s union carpenters to help with renovation efforts.
ABOUT THE PANTRY
The Arnold Food Pantry is the largest non-denominational food distribution center in the St. Louis region that does not receive city, state or federal government funding. The pantry, which feeds about 320 families a week, serves residents in Arnold and portions of Imperial and Fenton.
For more information, call 636-287-3663 or visit wefeedthehungry.org.