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Contractor to build addition on Crisis Food Center in Alton

Jun Construction of Godfrey has contracted with the Crisis Food Center to build an addition onto its current facility in Alton.

A groundbreaking ceremony, including refreshments, will take place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Crisis Food Center, 21 E. Sixth St., Alton. The ceremony is open to the public and free to attend. The Crisis Food Center board of directors, staff and volunteers will be on hand.

The center, located at the corner of Sixth and Alby streets, has been in operation since 1973 and was initially housed at Elm Street Presbyterian Church, in the basement. It moved to its current location in 1977, which was the former parsonage for what is now Morning Star Baptist Church.

Plans for the added space include free clothing distribution, collaborative meetings with other agencies, food storage space as needed and services such as free cooking classes for its clients. With the completion of this project the facility will be 100 percent ADA compliant. The plan is to remain open and continue to serve clients during construction, making adjustments as necessary to the daily routine.

For additional information or questions, contact Mary Droste, chairman of the board, at (618) 978-3202.

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