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WIRC’s new location allows for more resources

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The demand for food continues to grow at Tri-State food pantries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One local organization is in a new space, which allows them to make some changes.

As the need for food grows amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so does Western Illinois Regional Councils' available resources.

The organization said more people need help now, than ever.

"Inbetween jobs, the money is a little slim right now, so this helps fill out the gap," Bushnell resident Alexander Ifft said.

Ifft depends on WIRC's food pantry right now.

It's a program that was able to expand, when WIRC recently moved into the new and improved former Modern Home building in Macomb.

"It's a beautiful building and works really well to fit our needs," Jamie Roth with WIRC said. "We are able to spread out and have been able to expand certain departments, like here in our food pantry."

Roth said the food pantry serves about 500 people a month, which is something that can only grow with the new space.

"We've got some more room," Roth said. "We've got some more goods that we can put on the shelf at one time."

It's a sense of reassurance that Ifft appreciates.

"It's definitely a good resource," Ifft said. "I don't know exactly what all is in there. I haven't opened everything yet, but there's definitely a good selection of frozen meat, which is hard to come by in other food pantries in the area."

The new space also makes more room for WIRC's clothing store, which is now more spread out and able to take in more donations.

Roth said the new space makes it easier to keep the shelves full, as demand climbs.

"It especially helps now with how the coronavirus is just impacting so many people financially, with people being laid off and coming under economic hardships when they didn't realize or imagine that this would ever happen," Roth said.

She said everyone who comes in will be screened and required to wear a mask and social distance.

Roth said the food pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

The clothing store is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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