State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is hosting a community food drive this month to help out families still pinching pennies in the wake of Illinois’ stay at home order and its impact on the state’s economy.
Rep. McDermed explained the reasoning behind the drive, “Many families packed their pantries in March fearing the worst and because food supply lines were never impacted by the pandemic, there’s likely a lot of leftover unused nonperishables. Even though we’re starting to re-open and see a light at the end of this tunnel, many families and individuals are still struggling.” Illinois’ unemployment rate hit 16.9% in the month of April and food pantries in the area have been working in overdrive.
The nearly month long food drive will begin on June 12th and end on July 3rd. Food and other items, such as paper towels, toilet paper, and diapers can be dropped off outside of Rep. McDermed’s office at 11032 W Lincoln Hwy in Frankfort. Donations will be equally distributed amongst the district’s food pantries. Food banks also eagerly accept monetary donations through their websites.
Rep. McDermed continued, “our community’s strengths are best exemplified during the toughest times. Over the past few months I have been so immensely proud of this district’s efforts to stay home to bend the curve and to help out wherever possible. Many have done what they can to help keep out of work families and local small businesses afloat, but help is still needed. If we all pitch in, a little will go a long way to help.”