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Mission Partner Betty Johnson poses with Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley. Saint Anthony’s staff brought in more than 1,200 pounds of food items for Crisis Food Center and Community Hope Center.
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Saint Anthony’s Mission Partners Kathy Rogers and Phyllis Lovett stand with collected food at Saint Clare’s.
ALTON – Saint Anthony’s Health Center concluded its summer food drive last week to help restock the shelves at Crisis Food Center and Community Hope Center.
The annual food drive was organized by Saint Anthony’s Spirit Team, a committee composed of representatives from each of the departments throughout the health system. The Spirit Team spokesperson, Tina Zumwalt, said the food drive has adjusted to community needs over the last several years.
“A lot of food drives are held in the winter while people are thinking about the holidays. But last year we held ours in the summer and it was well-received,” Zumwalt said. “Many families depend on local food pantries to provide nutritious lunches for their children during summer months.”
With that in mind, the food drive focused on kid-friendly food. Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley said the food center needs more summer donations.
“The summers tend to be slow. Being able to provide a family with a five-day supply of nutritionally balanced food is something we’re proud of and hope to continue to do,” Susan said. “We’re happy with the generous support of Saint Anthony’s and look forward to serving our hungry neighbors for years to come.”
In 2013, the Crisis Food Center provided client services to 28,602 individuals by providing 10,602 food orders. This represents 438,450 meals. During the summer, the center also provided 785 “Summer Time Hunger Helpers” to families with school-aged children to help them compensate for dormant school breakfast and lunch programs.
Saint Anthony’s Mission Partners donated more than 1,200 pounds of food. The highest donating departments this year were: Supply Chain & Linen (217 pounds), Health Information (212 pounds) and Finance (206 pounds).
Zumwalt said the food drive is one of Saint Anthony’s Mission Partners favorite community support activities.
“Since 2009, Saint Anthony’s has donated over 7,500 pounds of food to area food pantries,” Zumwalt said. “It is a blessing to see everyone get so involved with helping others.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or making a food, cash or clothing donations can visit the Crisis Food Center at 21 E. 6th St., Alton, or call (618) 462-8201 or the Community Hope Center at 1201 Hope Center Lane, Cottage Hills, or call (618) 259-0959 for more information.