A story making us central Illinois proud.

Peoria public schools and a local church are partnering to make a difference. The Second Chance Church in Peoria was blown away after hearing about “Little Free Food Pantries” popping up in Arkansas and knew they had to bring the project to the River City.

As part of an Adopt-A-School partnership with PPS the sites of the libraries will include:

Manual Academy

Trewyn K-6

Harrison and Glen Oak Community Learning Centers

Lincoln K-8 and

Roosevelt Magnet.

Everything from food items, school supplies and first aid items will be available 24/7.

Organizers hope they will see these become commonplace all over Peoria.

“I love the fact that Peoria is a community that cares,” said Mark Doebler, pastor at Second Chance Church. He added, “This is another step, another tool to show each other we are a community of people who love each other. Who want to take care of each other. Who want to meet needs and we don’t always need a giant program to make that happen.

The community is invited to a “Pantry stocking and celebration” on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Harrison Community Learning Center.