Annual Vacation From Starvation Food Drive Concludes

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The 2016 Vacation From Starvation Food Drive concluded on June 12th. The food drive, which began May 23rd, offered shoppers at local HyVee grocery stores the opportunity to purchase two different bags of food that would be donated to The Salvation Army food pantry in Quincy. Shoppers would (depending on which food bag they purchased) receive an additional 5¢ or 10¢ on their Fuel Saver card.

Items in the food bags consisted of food essentials, ranging from potatoes, canned fruit, noodles, and more. Overall, 141 cases of food were purchased/donated at a total of over $2,800 during the course of the food drive.

The Salvation Army wishes to thank both HyVee locations in Quincy, as well as KHQA for their support in this year’s Vacation From Starvation Food Drive.

Hannibal Regional Hospital Makes Donation To Salvation Army

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The Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry received a generous donation from the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

During a Pack The Pantry drive, the group collected hundreds of items, including food, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and diapers.

Thank you, Hannibal Regional, and the women’s auxiliary for your support!

Monroe City MFA Makes Donation To Hannibal Salvation Army

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Employees of MFA Oil Company in Monroe City recently presented a check on behalf of the MFA Oil Foundation to The Salvation Army of Hannibal.

The $1,750 grant will be used to buy a new chest freezer and refrigerator for The Salvation Army food pantry at 302 Broadway in Hannibal.

Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller, and case worker, Melissa Meeker, accepted the check on behalf of the Hannibal Salvation Army which serves the counties of Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby, and Lewis.

Salvation Army Kicks Off Summer Fan Program

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The Salvation Army will, again this year, distribute electric fans to those in need. The program will begin on June 13th, and fans will be distributed as they are available in both Quincy and Hannibal.

Persons applying for fans should bring a photo ID with them to their local Salvation Army Family Services Center. For those with children under 5 years of age in the household, a Social Security card or Medical card is also required. In Quincy, the Family Services Center is located at 501 Broadway. Hannibal residents should apply at the Family Services Center at 302 Broadway in Hannibal. The hours at both locations are Monday through Thursday, 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

Fan distribution will be prioritized for people over the age of 65, those with children under 5 yrs of age, and those who are disabled.

Fans can only be distributed while supplies last. Donations of new and gently used fans are currently needed now and throughout the summer. Donated fans may be dropped off at either Salvation Army Family Services Center in Quincy or Hannibal, or the Kroc Center in Quincy, located at 405 Vermont Street.

Monetary donations for purchase of fans are also much needed and may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL, 62306. Please designate donations as “Fan Program – Hannibal” or “Fan Program – Quincy”.

For more information, please contact Social Services Director Heidi Welty at (217)-222-2087

Quincy Salvation Army Receives $5,000 Grant From Ameren Illinois

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The Salvation Army has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to help families pay a month of rent or other utilities in order to avoid being evicted and entering the cycle of homelessness.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ameren Illinois for granting us funds to help struggling families in our community pay rent or utilities for a month to help keep them in their homes. This grant helps our efforts to keep those in need from spiraling towards homelessness,” said Major Andrew Miller, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Quincy, Illinois.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs without discrimination while focusing on faith. Provisions of food, clothing, shelter, rent and utilities assistance help families in need. For those who are homeless, Salvation Army provides shelter for families, and single men and women. Additionally, they provide life skill classes and assistance for finding and retaining employment, and suitable, affordable housing.

The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Chad Cloninger, Director Division II, Ameren Illinois, said partnering with non-profit organizations such as The Salvation Army of Quincy is an essential step in this program and in improving the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.

“Many of our customers face fundamental challenges to their quality of life. We hope to ease those burdens with these funds,” said Cloninger. “We are proud to invest in organizations like The Salvation Army of Quincy that help our customers when they are facing many of life’s hardships.”