Geneseo Food Pantry
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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December 2017


The Food Pantry staff, board, volunteers and clients wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year!  During this time of year our clients have the opportunity to see God’s love at work through the many donations of time, clothing, toys and food to the Food Pantry that help them have a brighter Holiday season.

Now that the weather is cold, warmer clothing like coats, hats, mittens, and snow pants in kids’ sizes up through adult sizes are needed.  We are especially in need of men’s coats.  This is the time of year when our clients see their utility bills rise.  A Project Now representative came to the Food Pantry to help many of our disabled, elderly and low income clients apply for Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance (LIHEAP).  This program provides a one-time payment to the power company to help reduce the dollar amount needed to keep bills current.  Not all of our clients qualify for LIHEAP but are still in need of assistance.  Needy families and individuals can be helped with the high costs of heating and electricity through donations to the Food Pantry designated in the memo of the check for utility assistance.  A payment will be made by the Food Pantry to a client’s account when the need arises.

The holidays can also be a time when our clients are in need of help providing Christmas gifts and holiday meals for their families.  If you, your family, or organization is thinking of adopting a family for Christmas you may call our office at 944-3165.  Gifts must be delivered by December 11.

The Food Pantry will be open normal hours during the month of December with the following changes:  We will close for Christmas on Tue., December 19 at 4:00 p.m. and reopen on Monday, January 8 at 9:00 am.  Progress is being made on the new building but there is still work to be done inside the building.  A move in date has not yet been determined.

Food Needs for December:  Flour, sugar, canned chicken breast, crackers, and pizza crust mix. 
Non-food Needs are:  Shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, and bar soap.

Thank you for your support throughout the year.  We ask God to bless you and our families during 2018!


November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff and volunteers at the Geneseo Food Pantry!

The holidays are a time to give thanks for our many blessings and share God’s love with those less fortunate.  Providing a family with the ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving dinner can bless those who find it challenging to add the cost of a Thanksgiving meal to their already stretched budgets.  If you would like to provide a Thanksgiving box for a family or individual, please call us at 944-3165 or click on the link on our home page at Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed on November 20 and 21.

A Project Now representative came to the Food Pantry on October 12 to help clients who are disabled or over the age of 60 apply for energy assistance through the Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The estimated completion of the new building for the Food Pantry is the end of November, but because of our busy holiday season, we will move in after the holidays.  Thank you to all who contributed and supported this project!

In observance of Thanksgiving the Food Pantry will be closed on November 23 and 24.

Food needs for November are:  Flour, taco shells, jelly, canned chili, and flavored oatmeal.

Non-food needs include:  Toilet paper, aspirin, paper towels, bar soap, and conditioner.