PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria’s food pantries have recently been taking hits.
A shortage of donations is trickling down to the people they serve. Shelves are bare, and there is no lunchtime favorite without the ingredient that holds it together.
“It’s getting desperate in some areas,” said Willa Lucas, coordinator of the East Bluff Community Center food pantry. “Last Saturday morning we had no sliced bread on the shelf whatsoever to give to anybody.”
While we may not think twice about something as simple as a sandwich, that extra meal makes a world of difference.
“We make at least 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a day,” said Courtney Curtis, Assistant Manager of Sophia’s Kitchen. “I really feel like we are making a difference helping people. Not just with food, but sometimes just having a conversation with somebody is a big deal.”
“It’s hard to put in words; it’s heartfelt,” said Montez Adams, a Peoria resident that frequents Sophia’s Kitchen. “I am appreciative and I’m pretty sure other people are too.”
So the next time you’re in your local grocery store, pick up a few items to donate if you’re able, and maybe a loaf of bread, or two, to keep those PB & J’s coming.
“Without the community’s support there would be no food pantry. Here or anywhere,” said Lucas.