Donation to help struggling food pantry

A local food pantry has an extra $5,000 to work with, thanks to a generous donation.

The Jackson County Bar Association chose to benefit the Murphysboro Food Pantry, and the gift came at a perfect time.

Donations to food banks tend to be steady during the holiday season, but the money gets used up quickly, and by the end of January, food banks are in desperate need again.

Jane Williams runs the show at the Murphysboro Food Pantry.

She says the doors stay open because of your generosity.

“We exist in Jackson County typically on $10, $15 donations and we’re thrilled to get those,” said Williams.

Starting in October, those small donations roll in fairly steadily, but come the tail-end of January, Williams says everything comes to a halt.

This year, the Jackson County Bar Association raised more than $5,000 for the Food Pantry.

Attorney Steven Bost says this was his team’s most sizable donation to date.

“As attorneys, we serve the people of Jackson County, and to find a charity that kept those dollars here, and that we could see a real impact for local families, was important to our organization,” said Bost.

Williams knows how to stretch five-grand and put every penny to use.

On average, the Murphysboro Food Pantry serves about 3,700 people each month and the donation from the Bar Association equals an entire months worth of food.

The money went to stuffing what Williams calls the “core boxes.”

“A couple of different kinds of vegetables, there’s pasta, fruit and fruit juices.” said Williams.

She says the need is great in Jackson County, and that the community is grateful.

“You want to be able to see that smile and to see that they really feel it was worth their time to come out,” said Williams.

You can mail donations to P.O. Box 671, Murphysboro, Illinois. Make sure checks are payable to the Murphysboro Food Pantry.

Food banks are able to stretch their dollar further at the grocery store than we are, so money is always more valuable than food donations.

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