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Illinois Valley Food Pantry marks 30th Anniversary

Posted by wlpo on October 2, 2012

Families in need and poor economic conditions aren’t new to the Illinois Valley.  On October 2, 1982 religious leaders, volunteers, and employees of G & O in Peru formed a group that would combine the efforts to keep people fed.  It was the Illinois Valley Food Pantry and it celebrated its 30th Anniversary Tuesday.

Jim Greening was one of the first volunteers and remembers them receiving help from employees of G & O in Peru where their first meeting was held.

Greening remembers the first distributions being held at Horizon House in Peru.  Eventually with the help of the United Way they were able to find a home in the old Matthiessen School in La Salle.  A board was created and they develop a plan to collect food continuously and provide food on a monthly basis.

The pantry would move to different buildings in La Salle.  They’ve been at 136 Marquette Street since 2003.  They’re open five days a week and continue to receive support from schools, churches and the United Way.  They would gladly take your food or money donations.

You can learn more about the pantry during an interview at the AM 1220 WLPO News Page.

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