Mt. Zion, IL – In a couple of weeks the Mt. Zion Food Pantry is hoping to receive carloads of canned goods from residents. Due to the pandemic the need for food has increased in the Mt. Zion community.
In order to answer that call, committee member Casey Johnson has taken on the task of organizing a Food Drive. It is set for Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The public is asked to donate any unexpired food items by placing them in boxes or bags in the backseat or trunk of your vehicle and a volunteer will remove them for you. It is that quick and simple! Individuals, Neighborhoods, Organizations or Groups can collect items for this Food Drive. Our shelves are very low so the need to re-stock the shelves is needed to keep up with the demand.
“We are here to help serve a need to the community and we appreciate our ability to do just that,” says Casey.
The Mt. Zion Food Pantry has expanded to 2 times a month. The Pantry is open the 3rd Thursday from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and the 3rd Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each month. Those eligible to receive the food items need to reside within the Mt. Zion School District; which includes Long Creek, Dalton City, Mt. Zion and parts of southeast Decatur.
The Mt. Zion Food Pantry began in January of 2015. It continues to serve more individuals and families because it is the only food pantry in this area. This food pantry is known as a “choice pantry” meaning that those who visit can select their food items rather than a pre-packed box.