NISC Comes to the Rescue

When it heard The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon food pantry was running low on select items, a local company banded together and collected more than one ton of food to feed local families.  IMG_6306

After touring the O’Fallon food pantry and temporary housing facilities, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), based in Lake St. Louis, challenged its employees this week to collect 1,000 pounds of dry goods, specifically rice, pasta and sauce, cereal, dried beans, canned meat, canned fruit, and peanut butter.

The results shattered all expectations. In one week, NISC collected 2,140 pounds of food.

According to Capt. Paul Ferguson of the O’Fallon Worship and Community Center, the food pantry currently serves more than 700 families for month. With the addition of NISC’s generosity, St. Charles County families will now have plenty of food for at least the next month.

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“It’s just absolutely wonderful,” said Capt. Paul Ferguson of the O’Fallon Worship and Community Center. “I can’t even begin to say how appreciative we are. When I met with the employees at the end of the food drive, you could see on their faces how excited they were to do this for us. They realized hunger isn’t too far away from any of us, and that there are probably people in their own neighborhoods who will benefit from this food.”

In the past two years, Capt. Ferguson said the pantry has seen an overwhelming surge in need, serving 40-50 families per month to now serving closer to 750 families per month.IMG_6305

Rocha said NISC hopes to hold another food drive later this year to benefit The Salvation Army and challenges other companies and businesses to follow suit. “It’s something easy that any company or business could do, and it’s something that will ensure the families in our community do not go hungry.”

If your organization or business is interested in hosting a food drive for any of The Salvation Army food pantries, please contact Janice Anderson at (314) 646-3194.

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