Tackling Hunger in our Hometown – #CerealDrive

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

In an area that many think of as stable and event somewhat affluent, families are living in houses valued at 6 and 7 figures, with empty plates and barren cupboards. In a trend we hoped had been a fluke, the need we saw last summer at our O’Fallon, MO food pantry continues to grow. On distribution days at the food pantry, luxury cars and unlikely clients fill the parking lot and chairs waiting for their allotments of food.

“These people were once living on the edge and the economy has in fact pushed them over that edge,” says Captain Ferguson, “People who were once dedicated donors are now having to swallow their pride and ask for assistance.”

Once serving only 50 families per month from the O’Fallon Salvation Army, Captain Paul Ferguson and his team now serve nearly 600 families per month, working to help those families gain self-sufficiency so that they might be able to get on their feet once more.

“The greatest need we are seeing now is nutritious breakfast cereals. They can be costly to purchase for a pantry and for a family, but they pack a lot of nutrition into one meal. So many of these children are wholly dependent on the foods they receive in school for adequate nutrition, and on the weekends, summer and spring break they need something that will hold them over. We just can’t keep in on the shelves. It’s a real commodity, and one that we are lacking right now.”

Breakfast cereal donations are needed at the O’Fallon Salvation Army. Donations can be delivered to the community center located at 1William Booth Drive in O’Fallon.

Please help us in raising awareness of this need, and for the work of the O’Fallon community center by participating in #CerealDrive on Twitter.

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