Collinsville workers help fill food pantry's shelves
Acting as elves for shelves, over 200 Collinsville city employees recently participated in a drive for the benefit of the community by collecting and contributing food, non-perishables and toiletries to the Collinsville food pantry.
Seven of the city’s departments gathered food and supplies over the winter holidays. In late December, the city gave over 1,200 pounds to the local pantry thanks to the efforts of 205 staffers.
“The Collinsville food pantry serves the residents of Collinsville in need of food and household items and relies on our community for support to provide quality services to those families in need,” the city government’s online video said.
According to the food pantry’s website, the items most needed each month include pancake mix, hamburger helper, sauerkraut, tuna, sloppy joe mix, saltine crackers, toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, canned spaghetti sauce, shampoo, pudding mix, pancake syrup, cereal, oatmeal, baked beans, canned fruit and soup.
“A thousand pounds will feed 17 families,” a city spokesperson said.
For information on donating food, cash contributions or supplies to the Collinsville food pantry, residents can visit www.collinsvillefoodpantry.org or call 618-346-1861.
The Collinsville Food Pantry also partners with Collinsville Township to stock school supplies for students in Collinsville’s Unit 10 school district, the organization stated on its website.
Located at 201 E. Church St., the Collinsville Food Pantry is overseen by a local ministerial association.