CARTERVILLE — The Poshard Basis for Abused Youngsters final week hosted a digital press convention to announce the group’s newest spherical of grants to 42 Southern Illinois meals pantries.
“For 22 years, the mission of our basis has been the safety and therapeutic of weak youngsters, significantly the abused, uncared for and deserted,” Glenn Poshard, co-founder of the inspiration, stated. “If the coronavirus has taught us something over the previous yr, it’s this certainty: It’s tough to heal a damaged spirit if the household and the kids are hungry. We have now by no means earlier than witnessed meals insecurity at this degree.”
With this $100,000 distribution, the Poshard Basis has given practically $175,000 in grants to Southern Illinois meals pantries for the reason that pandemic started.
Basis co-founder Jo Poshard added that they heard from meals pantries that weren’t included within the first spherical of funding. The extra meals pantries prolonged the attain of the inspiration to incorporate pantries from Centralia south to Cairo, and from east to west in Southern Illinois.
“Because the pandemic began final yr, we started pondering, ‘How can we assist?’ How do you go about therapeutic when you have got a household and youngsters who’re hungry? We felt that was a superb place to begin,” Jo Poshard stated.
The Poshard Basis reached out to meals pantries and requested them to submit a plan on how they’d use the funding to assist youngsters and households. Jo Poshard stated the pantry volunteers got here up with artistic methods to not solely feed youngsters, but in addition adults who would possibly need assistance.