GRANITE CITY – Lisa Guilliams has been giving away free lunches for children since 2011.
The reverend from Granite City’s Trinity United Methodist Church started a program called Twigs, and its mission is fighting childhood hunger by giving away free sack lunches to children in need.
The program is hosting a trivia night fund-raiser on Saturday, March 15, at Granite City’s Township Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with questions starting at 7 p.m.
Tables at the event are $120 with eight people per table. For reservations, call 618-876-0723.
Guilliams started the Twigs program in the summer of 2011, providing 2,513 free lunches to children in four locations in Granite City.
In 2012, the program handed out 24,355 lunches at nine locations in Granite City and five locations in Alton. By 2013, 56,367 lunches were handed out in 23 locations.
Twigs volunteer Beth Buenger said they are expecting to hand out more than 100,000 free sack lunches this summer.
Buenger said Guilliams is a “humble” person. “She’s a miracle worker,” she said.
Twigs also organizes a pack-a-sack program where children at risk of going hungry during the weekend receive a yellow Twigs pack-sack filled with food items.
The mobile market program is also organized through Twigs. The program – thanks to the St. Louis Area Foodbank – distributes 12,000 pounds of food to 300 families in two locations in Granite City: Trinity United Methodist Church, 2542 East 25th St., and Triangle Park on Rock Road.