February 15, 2006

'Project AngelFood' drive gets under way March 1

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinoisans can help the region's food pantries, child care centers and needy families by participating in the upcoming "Project AngelFood" drive.

The third AngelFood drive, coordinated by a coalition that includes Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, runs from March 1 through April 30. Other co-sponsors include the Laborers Local 773 in Marion, the Child Care Resource and Referral Center at John A. Logan College in Carterville, and Kiwanis Clubs in Carbondale, Murphysboro, Harrisburg, Herrin, Marion, Anna and Metropolis.

Area food pantries need canned goods, non-perishable food items and toiletries. Baby food, diapers, wipes, baby cereal and formula will help needy families. The Child Care Resource and Referral Center will help identify families in need of baby supplies.

In past drives, some agencies and individuals contributed money; those interested in doing so may donate directly to a local food pantry of their choice.

Drop-off points for donated goods are:

• SIUC Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale.

• SIUC Student Recreation Center, 400 E. Grand Ave. Those donating should bring items to the information desk during the following times: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• SIUC Student Center, Information Station.

• Laborers Local 773 hall, 1115 E. Main St., Marion.

• Child Care Resource and Referral Center, on the frontage road east of the John A. Logan College campus.

For more information, contact Dan V. Shannon, safety and health promotions specialist at SIUC's Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, 618/453-7118.

Serving others is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.