Walmart grant received for food program

Walmart grant received for food program

The Federated Church in Carlinville was excited to be notified that the free community dinner program, known as “Feeding Our Neighbors,” was to receive a grant of $1,000 from the local Walmart.

For many years the Carlinville Walmart has been very supportive of the mission projects organized by the Federated Church. Walmart has been a supporter of many of the church’s mission projects including the Children’s Shopping Spree, Saturday Snacks, A Place at the Table /Feeding Our Neighbors, Lunch Bunch and Take It To Town.

This year, “Feeding Our Neighbors,” which had to be postponed this spring because of the Covid-19 quarantine, was being discussed by church members who were beginning to wonder when, and if, the program would be able to be resumed.

Carol Strohbeck, program director, then received the go-ahead from the Federated Church Board and the Macoupin County Health Department to resume organizing the monthly meals with one major change. All meals would have to be curbside pickup only – there will be no inside dining at the church.

The first curbside pickup meal will be Thursday, June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. by driving in, and through, the parking lot on the east side of the church building. Serving will continue until all food is distributed or until 6:30 p.m. The free meals, offered on the third Thursday of each month, will continue for the rest of the calendar year following Covid-19 restrictions and regulations for serving food.

From left, Carol Strohbeck, “Feeding Our Neighbors” program director, Pete Genta, Federated Church mission board and Evelyn Loy, Manager Carlinville Walmart Program Director Carol Strohbeck watches as Pete Genta accepts the $1000 grant funds from Walmart Manager Loy for purchasing food for the monthly free community meal sponsored by the Federated Church. Photo contributed.

On June 18 those participants who pickup meals will also be given the option of receiving a half gallon of Prairie Farms two percent milk donated by the “Farmers to Families Program” through the USDA. This is while supplies last.