Mt. Sterling,Ill.- The North Greene Area Food Pantry re-opened its doors earlier this month after a six-month renovation of a new facility in White Hall, Ill. In response to the organization's needs, Dot Foods donated $10,000 to help the move and remodel to better serve the more-than-650 individuals in need in northern Greene County.

After outgrowing its previous facility, the North Greene Area Food Pantry received a larger, community-donated facility. The new facility required a complete interior renovation, new roofing and electric, as well as new food storage equipment. With the help of community donations and volunteer labor, the facility is now operational and serving more individuals than ever.

"The building is all finished now and we're excited to, once again, begin serving the community," said North Greene Area Food Pantry Director Gale Custer. "But it's donations like this one that have helped us pay off remaining expenses from the renovation process, as well as purchase a commercial freezer that gives us the ability to store more food."

The food bank has nearly tripled the number of families it serves in the last year. Their previous facility wouldn't allow the pantry to house the food it needed to serve those in need in the community. Now, with a larger facility and a more accessible location in the White Hall business district, the pantry will be able to meet to county's needs for years to come.

"Unfortunately, it seems like there's more and more people who need help," Custer said. "Before, we we're in the firehouse in Roodhouse (Ill.) and nobody knew we were there. At the new building we've got a sign up and people will know who we are that otherwise weren't getting the help they needed."

Just over a year ago, Dot Foods expanded its charitable reach to Greene and Scott Counties to help members of the Central Illinois Foodbank. This is the second time the North Greene Area Food Pantry has taken advantage of Dot's charitable grant program.

"North Greene Area Food Pantry has shown a need for assistance since we've expanded to Greene County," said Dot Charitable Committee Chair Suzanne Kassing. "We're very excited to be a part of helping them launch their new facility this year. The work they do in the community is as admirable as it is important."

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