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United Way food drive aims to help area communities

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Illinois Division is hosting a food drive through June 1 to help support food pantries in St. Clair, Clinton, Monroe and Randolph counties during the COVID-19 crisis.

“On top of the challenges stemming from COVID-19, the summer months may cause additional strains for families who rely on school meals during the academic year,” said David Paeth, auxiliary board chair for the Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “With our community’s support, we can help local food pantries as they face high demand, and help ease the burden that children and families may feel during this challenging time.”

Items accepted include peanut butter, soups, canned tuna or chicken, canned goods and other non-perishable foods, as well as household goods, like paper products and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at designated donation boxes throughout the Southwest Illinois community:

Clinton County: 

·         Community Link, 1665 N. Fourth St., Breese

·         Red Porch Café, 301 E. Hanover St., New Baden

Monroe County: 

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 1421 N. Main St., Columbia

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 228 S. Main St., Waterloo

Randolph County:

·         IGA Grocery Store, 1010 S. Main St., Red Bud

·         Dairy Queen, 100 W. Jackson St., Sparta

St. Clair County: 

·         United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Illinois Division headquarters, 1124 Hartmann Lane, Suite 130, Shiloh

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 645 E. Washington St., Millstadt

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 107 N. Second St., Dupo

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 4053 State Route 159, Smithton

·         First National Bank of Waterloo, 104 Regency Park, O’Fallon

All of the items donated will be distributed to the following agencies to help local people facing hunger and food insecurity:

·         Community Link in Breese

·         House of Neighborly Service in Waterloo

·         O’Fallon Food Pantry in O’Fallon

·         ComWell Food Pantry in Red Bud

·         Sparta Food Pantry in Sparta

United Way’s Illinois Division serves Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis  

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. Located throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois, United Way helps people in the region build a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and strong communities. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit

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