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Food Pantry Calls for Help on Labor Day

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 496

FISHGalesburg’s FISH Food Pantry is in what might be considered desperate need of help, and they’re hoping you do so by taking part in a holiday tradition in Galesburg.

FISH says revenue is less than in previous years, while need continues to rise, so while cash donations are always greatly appreciated, they also still need non-perishable goods.

New FISH co-treasurer Rhonda Brady tells the WGIL Evening News they hope by just showing up at Galesburg’s Labor Day Parade Monday, you can help.

“We’ve got some wagons lined up.  We’ve got some garden carts lined up.  We’re going to be in the parade with the [Knox County] United Way,” Brady said.  “If anyone chooses to bring a can of anything — a can of soup, a can of beans, a can of corn — any non-perishable items, we will accept it from them.”

Brady says because finances are so low right now, as much as FISH would like to hand out candy during the Labor Day parade, they just can’t. So she encourages putting at least a can or non-perishable in the bag you take for candy, so they can pick it up.

Brady says they’d like to keep shelves stocked so they can feed families for more days than just around three. FISH’s revenue goes to buy perishable food, and to get shipments from the Quad Cities-based River Bend Food Bank.