Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:06 am
FRESH FOOD FOR KIDS
Hungry? Looking for something to do on Veteran’s Day? If you have kids and the grocery bill is tight, you might to check out a food pantry scheduled to set up shop at the Springfield YMCA at 701 S. Fourth St. Don’t look for cans of tomato sauce, ramen noodles and powdered milk. Set up in collaboration with the Central Illinois Foodbank, the pantry aims to provide those in need with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products. Organizers are also promising organic free-range eggs. The idea is to provide children with fresh food, and so organizers chose Veteran’s Day, when schools are closed and kids will be able to come along. The pantry will open at 2 p.m. Friday and remain open until food runs out. “I’ve been told that they’ve got quite a bit of it,” says Lynn Eck, development director for the Y. The hungry need bring no proof of income, but organizers encourage shoppers to bring their own bags to tote stuff home.