QUINCY (WGEM) — With people unemployed and kids completing school from home due to COVID-19, a lot of people are relying on local food pantry boxes in neighborhoods to help feed their families.
Volunteer Tracy Kiefer helps fill the boxes on the regularly and said the food is going faster than normal because many are unsure where the next meal will come from.
Recently Kiefer has heard that some people are emptying the boxes once they are filled. She encourages everyone to take only what they need so there's enough to go around.
"I know that they're hungry, there's people feeding their families, some people are feeding multiple generations, so they're needing more than one or two things but we're just asking everybody take what you have to have and just come back later, they are being filled multiple times a day," Kiefer said.
Quincy Neighborhood Federation volunteer John Hills said the pantry boxes are vital, especially for people unable to visit stores.
"There's people out there that can't get out to the grocery store, whether they're elderly, young, they need help and if someone's down the street here, say a block away can't get to the grocery store,they can come down here and get something to eat," Hills added.
Also, Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Quincy is helping people in need of food, to sign up for their food pantry call (217) 224-5530.
They also provide a hot carry out meal Monday through Friday from noon til 1:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
List of neighborhood food pantry boxes in Quincy:
407 S 4th Street
812 Payson Ave
1129 N 6th Street
609 N 6th Street
101 S 7th Street