Salvation Army food pantry receives 'gold' status, awarded for initiatives – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Salvation Army food pantry receives 'gold' status, awarded for initiatives – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

The Salvation Army’s food pantry has been honored by the state and by University of Illinois Extension for its offerings and attention to healthy options.
The Salvation Army’s food pantry has been honored by the state and by University of Illinois Extension for its offerings and attention to healthy options.
The pantry, Red Shield Market at 331 W. Douglas Ave., was awarded gold-level status by the extension service for best practices that include having a selection that meets different dietary needs. It is the first pantry in west-central Illinois to reach that level, according to Capt. Chris Clarke.
The volunteer-operated pantry is a supermarket-style facility that offers dry goods, meat, dairy, produce, bakery, personal care and baby items. It is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and by appointment. Additional hours are offered 5-7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month.
About 75 families are served weekly and the pantry expects to distribute 400,000 pounds of food and 15,000 personal care items this year, Clarke said.
The state awarded it the Healthy Pantry Initiatives Award during the Hunger and Health Regional Conference last month in Springfield. The award recognizes a food pantry that demonstrates excellence in healthy initiatives.
“We were very proud to receive these awards. I am so grateful of the support we receive from the community and from our volunteers. They help us to continue our mission of helping those in need,” Clarke said. “Our volunteers were very excited to be honored with this recognition.”
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