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Storm Knocks Out Power to Romeoville Food Pantry; Organizers Seek Donations

Power is back on, but organizers are looking to replace lost food items.

The Romeoville Community Pantry feeds nearly 100 families every month. Credit: Submitted photo
The Romeoville Community Pantry feeds nearly 100 families every month. Credit: Submitted photo
Every month, the Romeoville Community Pantry helps feed 450 adults and children every month.

Now, the organization, 2 Belmont Dr., is asking for some help to continue meeting that need after Monday's serve storms and tornado.

The fierce winds knocked out power to the pantry, resulting in the loss of 48 gallons of food and about 700 pounds of frozen meat, organizer Teresa Linaweaver said.

Power was restored Wednesday, and the pantry is looking to replace the items it lost.

Monetary donations can help the pantry purchase food at a discount from the Norther Illinois Food Bank. "We can get milk for $1.47 a gallon and we pay $6.50 for 20 pounds of frozen meat," Linaweaver said. "One of the things we take pride in is the fact that we give roughly $150 worth food a month, which only cost us $15 a family."

Anyone who wants to help can send checks to:
Romeoville Community Pantry
2 Belmont Drive
Romeoville, IL 60446

Cash donations can be dropped off at the Romeoville Community Credit Union at the same address, Linaweaver said. 

Food donations are also being accepted. To arrange a time to drop off a donation, call the pantry at 815-570-9722. Pantry staff will pick up large donations, according to Linaweaver.

"Any help would be most appreciated," Linaweaver said in an email to Patch.

For more information on the Romeoville Community Food Pantry and how to help, follow the organization on Facebook.

Teresa Linaweaver July 03, 2014 at 08:30 AM
That's 48 gallons of milk not food. It was very heartbreaking to see good food go to waste but we are very blessed that we only loss power. God bless all those with down trees and other damage. Prayers that everyone gets their power back on.

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