Rich Township food pantry seeing shortage of supplies

As the jobless rate increases to 10.3 percent in Illinois, demand is also up at the Rich Township Food Pantry.Supplies, however, are dwindling.”We still get donations but as fast as they get in, they’re out the same day,” said Vicki Sline, pantry director and Salvation Army representative.”We’re seeing a lot of new faces, but we’re also seeing faces that have been gone. One woman who came in last week hasn’t been here in 10 years.”Located at 22013 Governors Highway, the pantry is open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Fresh produce can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.Any resident with an Illinois driver’s license or current bill showing their name and address can pick up food once a month during regular hours.Rich Township officials said the pantry served 2,416 people in June, including 764 families.The numbers are up from June 2008, when the pantry served 2,381 people, including 712 families.But supplies have not increased with the demand. Read moreStory contributed by the SouthTown StarClick here to donate to The Salvation Army’s Hunger Looks Like Me campaign

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