NEWS RELEASE
United Way Food Drive to Help Southwest Illinois Residents Facing Hunger

 

ST. LOUIS (May 10, 2021) — United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Illinois Division will host a food drive beginning May 10 and running through June 1 to help local people facing food insecurity. The food drive is aimed at supporting food pantries in St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe and Randolph counties so they can continue serving local people facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“On top of the challenges stemming from COVID-19, the summer months may cause additional strains for families who rely on school meals during the academic year,” said David Paeth, auxiliary board chair for the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “With our community’s support, we can help local food pantries as they face high demand, and help ease the burden that children and families may feel during this challenging time.”

 

Items accepted include peanut butter, soups, canned tuna or chicken, canned goods and other non-perishable foods, as well as household goods, like paper products and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at designated donation boxes throughout the Southwest Illinois community:

 

Clinton County:

  • Community Link, 1665 N. Fourth St., Breese
  • Red Porch Café, 301 E. Hanover St., New Baden

 

Monroe County:

  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 1421 N. Main St., Columbia
  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 228 S. Main St., Waterloo

 

Randolph County:

  • IGA Grocery Store, 1010 S. Main St., Red Bud
  • Dairy Queen, 100 W. Jackson St., Sparta

 

St. Clair County:

  • United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Illinois Division headquarters, 1124 Hartmann Lane, Suite 130, Shiloh
  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 645 E. Washington St., Millstadt
  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 107 N. Second St., Dupo
  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 4053 State Route 159, Smithton
  • First National Bank of Waterloo, 104 Regency Park, O’Fallon

 

All of the items donated will be distributed to the following agencies to help local people facing hunger and food insecurity:

  • Community Link in Breese
  • House of Neighborly Service in Waterloo
  • O’Fallon Food Pantry in O’Fallon
  • ComWell Food Pantry in Red Bud
  • Sparta Food Pantry in Sparta

 

United Way’s Illinois Division serves Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties.