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Temporary Food Pantry Opens

By Stephanie Malench
A temporary food pantry has been set up at the Troy Produce Patch for residents of Troy, Maryville, St. Jacob, and Collinsville.
The project was started by Collinsville resident DeeAnn Billings who was concerned that people who are unemployed due to stay at home order and may not normally need assistance would not be able to  afford to feed themselves or their families.
Billings said “since there’s no proof of financial requirements, this opens the doors for even middle class families that are struggling due to job layoffs. The desire is that people would not be ashamed or embarrassed and be able to use it without feeling judged or self conscious”.
Boxes and reusable bags donated by Collinsville Building and Loan are available  for customers to take their goods home.
Copper Creek Christian Church has committed to supporting the pantry with donations and volunteers to help keep the pantry stocked and organized.
The Produce Patch is located at the end of Illinois Route 162 and US Highway 40.
The pantry is open seven days a week, 8 am- 7 pm Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 9 am until 6 pm.
Residents will have to show their driver’s license or state ID and will be able to take no more than they need. Residents may come once a week.
The Troy Produce Patch also accepts SNAP and have a mobile machine that allows them to deliver groceries to home bound beneficiaries that would otherwise have to go to the store to use their SNAP card.
Donations of non-perishable food or money is also accepted during the above hours.

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