There will be a drive-through grocery distribution in Jacksonville later this week.
Healthy Jacksonville and the Central Illinois Food Bank are teaming up again to host distribution this Friday, February 26th.
Distribution takes place behind the Spirit of Faith soup kitchen at 105 East Dunlap Street on North Main Street. Lori Hartz, director of community service and relationships at Passavant Hospital, says organizers have planned a specific flow of traffic for the event.
“We’re not going to line up in front of the soup kitchen because we have a lot of people who come out for it. We established a traffic pattern where people line up on North East Street. We’d like to avoid Main Street and Independent as our food distribution takes place at 3pm.
People tend to queue before 3 p.m. and we want to avoid the jam at Lincoln School from leading to traffic jams. Our goal here is to turn away from the normal traffic patterns and get people through the distribution quickly. “
According to Hartz, the distribution continues until stocks run out, and no pre-registration is required to receive food. She especially thanks Dot Foods, who donated the food again for distribution. According to Harts, Dot delivers groceries by truckload and volunteers separate the groceries and pack them into family-friendly bundles.
She says it will take a number of volunteers to repackage the food and several service organizations are re-sponsoring the event.
“We already have a number of groups that are helping us. The Jacksonville Rotatory Club and Jacksonville Kiwanis Club both have large numbers of volunteers for our food distribution. We also have a healthy Jacksonville Food Collaborative Group that is responsible for organizing these food distributions. This includes all of the food providers in our community as well as our healthy health workers in the Jacksonville community. We also have volunteers from the Prairie Land United Way Board of Directors to help with this. “
Hartz says they always welcome volunteers and anyone interested in lending a hand on Friday should come to the outdoor area near the Spirit of Faith soup kitchen at 1:00 p.m. when they start packing the food . She says volunteers are needed anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Harts said the Jacksonville Healthy Initiative is part of the Passavant Area Hospital’s larger effort to do community service in the Jacksonville area.
“Part of our Community Health Initiative is our Community Health program called Healthy Jacksonville. Most of our community agencies are familiar with our program, which connects people in the community with the many services we have in Jacksonville. Passavant is committed to community health and helping people be healthier in Jacksonville. Of course, the provision of food is essential for this. “
Food distribution opens this Friday at 3:00 p.m. behind the Spirit of Faith soup kitchen on Dunlap Street. Those wishing to receive groceries should wear a face covering and space in the trunk of their vehicle so that the volunteer sales representatives can load the groceries safely. Participants should line up on East Street between Walnut and Wolcott.