Rotary donates $1,000 to food pantry

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 6/29/20

The generosity of the Paris Rotary Club is helping the Compassionate Food Pantry keep Edgar County’s food challenged residents fed.

Gladys Frost, a food pantry volunteer, said the money is …

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Rotary donates $1,000 to food pantry

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The generosity of the Paris Rotary Club is helping the Compassionate Food Pantry keep Edgar County’s food challenged residents fed.

Gladys Frost, a food pantry volunteer, said the money is coming at a good time because food prices are rising as a complication of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was pleased to report the local food pantry has not experienced the same difficulties as similar operations in other locations where cash donations dried up or food supplies became difficult to obtain.

Frost said the community’s generosity, as shown by the Rotary’s gift, has kept the Compassionate Food Ministry from struggling. The local Church of Latter-day Saints helped by providing food from its own pantry operation.

“Things are more expensive, but we are well stocked now with food and meat,” said Frost. “The community has been very generous.”

Something that did surprise her was the absence of a surge of people seeking food assistance during the early days of shelter at home when some businesses were closed and people were not employed. She said a couple of things may have helped the local food pantry from being overwhelmed.

According to Frost, more places stepped in to make food available and the East Central Illinois Food Bank did a large food distribution in Paris. She added the numbers of people seeking food through the Compassionate Food Ministry has remained fairly consistent over the last few months, but a change may be coming.

“Today, (Wednesday, June 24) we saw many people who hadn’t been here for months,” said Frost.