EAST ALTON — The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis is partnering with local companies and schools to host a Food for Families food drive this week.
The drive, aimed at helping meet the growing need of food pantries to keep their shelves stocked, is ongoing and will culminate Friday, Sept. 18.
The list of schools participating includes East Alton School District, Granite City School District, St. Mary’s, Marquette Catholic High School and St. Elizabeth’s. Students are encouraged to bring in nonperishable canned goods throughout the week to contribute to their total, which could win them one of three cash prizes donated by the Bank of Edwardsville. The prizes will be awarded to the schools that collect the most food by poundage per student. First prize is $1,000, second is $750 and third is $250.
Members of the public who do not have children at the participating school districts are encouraged to bring their donations to the Granite City Schnucks, 3100 Madison Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.
Donated items needed include canned fruit, canned vegetables, Hamburger Helper and canned meat, canned tuna, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, cereal, oatmeal, rice, canned soup, pasta, canned beans, pancake mix, crackers, etc.
Items will be distributed to the following organizations Saturday, Sept. 19:
Catholic Charities – Guardian Angel Food Pantry
Collinsville Food Pantry
Community Care Center
Crisis Food Center
Salvation Army – Granite City and Alton locations
Venice Township Food Pantry
For information, contact United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division at (618) 258-9800.