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By Cynthia Haggitt
The purpose of the holidays is to bring joy and happiness and during Thanksgiving, charity organizations can help those in need. This year, with the opening of Saint Vincent, DePaul Food Pantry(SVDP) will help provide free Thanksgiving turkeys to anyone that is looking for help during the 2021 holiday season.
“The diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the Calhoun County Clerk’s office awarded St. Vincent de Paul Food & Clothing Pantry two grants, both for the purchase of food,” SVDP Secretary Kathy Rogers. “One is a Rice Bowl grant from the diocese of Springfield in Illinois and the other is an Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant from Calhoun County, County Clerk’s office.”
Rogers said that the Rice Bowl grant is for $2859 and the EFSP was for $2800.
“Monies from both grants were used to purchase 6-pound turkey breasts for the needy for Thanksgiving. We want to make sure those in need know these are available.” she said.
Rogers said the pantry will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will have extended hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 11:00 AM to 5:00 p.m.
“The St. Louis Area Food Bank no longer delivers food once a month behind Mel’s RiverDock Restaurant. Instead, they deliver the food to the SVDP pantry for distribution,” Rogers said. “ The pantry is located at 105 French St in Hardin, across from Dollar General.”
The SVDP’s food pantry is normally open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to customers. The phone number of the pantry is 618-576-2500. Volunteers are on site Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 AM to closing.
“Because of the uptick in Covid cases in the county, we request all those coming to the pantry to please wear a mask. If you feel ill or have symptoms we ask that you stay in your vehicle and call us at 618-576-2500 and a volunteer will come out to assist you.” Rogers said.