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Food mobile helps fill holiday hunger gap

By Landon Cassman/CU-CitizenAccess — Dozens of shivering men and women lined up Saturday at 6 a.m. outside First United Methodist Church, waiting in the season’s first snow for the doors to open so they could get food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Foodmobile.

The food pantry wasn’t scheduled to open until 10, but volunteers from the Foodbank and United Way decided that they’d get an early start distributing more than 8,000 pounds of food, enough to feed 150 families.

Eric Westerlund, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison for the United Way, said the East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council paid the $2,000 fee to bring the Foodmobile to Rantoul.

Courtesy photo/Rantoul-area residents pick up food recently at First United Methodist Church of Rantoul as part of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Foodmobile. The food bank brought more than 8,000 pounds of food - enough to feed 150 families.
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