Letter to the Editor
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:08AM
Pantries need for
food is year-round
I would like to bring to your attention a problem that is growing in our communities. The St. Celestine Food Pantry in Elmwood Park is seeing more and more new families and individuals in need of food each month.
This happens especially in the beginning of the month. The food supply is limited and lately the Alvernia Food Pantry has had to ask families to come back for food the following week. The need for food is every month not just at the holiday times when people are more giving. One little girl in line with her mother told her “Mommy, I am tired of mac and cheese every day.” The mother replied “That’s all we have,” to the young child.
Some local business (large food stores) will not give anything to the food pantries. These stores and business are not being good cooperative citizens in their community.
The unemployment rate is high in Illinois; higher than is being reported to the media. More and more Illinois residents are losing their jobs and unemployment is being pulled back from families and individuals as the state decided not to extend certain people’s unemployment.
This is very sad problem that needs not to happen. The state keeps cutting programs for the poor but it does’t cut the fat pensions that they get for working two weeks!