Do Not Go Hungry

Donald Becker
dobecker@lc.edu

You do not have to go hungry during the COVID-19 outbreak. As stated in The New York Times, “Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, with more than 200 affiliates, has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next 6 months alone.” Here in the Riverbend Area we have a community that has come together to ensure that no one goes hungry.

Many pantries in our community have remained open during this time and have put into place new practices that allow for social distancing and reduce risk of transmission, such as curb side pick-up and limiting how many people can enter the building at a given time. Some of these Riverbend Area pantries include Catholic Charities, House of Victory, Crisis Food Pantry, Hope Center, and Operation Blessing. Please call to verify any new hours or changes in operating procedures as things are changing quickly as our community learns to adjust to these unprecedented times.

List of food pantries in the Riverbend area. Infographic by Donnie Becker.

One organization, Alton Works, is offering contactless delivery for those who cannot make it to the physical food pantries available in the community. You can reach Alton Works by calling 618-433-9214 and following the prompts.

Friday, April 24: Madison County Urban League is hosting a drive thru food and toiletries distribution on a first come, first serve basis. This event takes places 12 p.m.- 3p.m. at 501 Landmark Blvd in Alton. You can also check with your local church to stay up to date on efforts the church community are making, many have hosted drive up food giveaways.

Many SNAP recipients will notice that as of April 8, they are receiving the max snap benefit. Recipients cards were automatically loaded with the additional funds. Max benefits are as follows: one person – $194, two people $355, three people $509, four people $646, five people $768, six people $921, seven people $1,018, eightpeople $1,164. Each additional person over eight, add $146. If you did not receive your increased benefit amount, please contact your local Dept. of Human Services office.

Do not go hungry – there is help, and in these times, we can rest assured
many helpers in our community are here to extend a hand where needed.

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