Glen-Ed Pantry helps hundreds with food distribution each month

Glen-Ed Pantry’s monthly food distribution continues, and these days, business is busier than ever.

The event takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, when the pantry receives 10 pallets of different food items from the St. Louis Food Bank. Food is lined up in the car park.

Everyone is welcome to come and pass through the class and choose the food they like. On June 15, the store distributed apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, frozen peas, and shredded cheese, as well as other food items.

Volunteers help move chilled foods in and out of the cooler and freezer, and they distribute the food as well as prepare and disassemble the food.


Jane Ahasai, director of development at Glen-Ed Pantry, said 230 families were served, and 580 people fed. Food is provided free of charge to participants.

“We had an increase at the beginning of the pandemic, but then people started getting additional SNAP or food stamp benefits in addition to stimulus checks and additional unemployment benefits,” Ahasai said. We saw another increase after a lot of unemployment benefits ended.

“But in the last couple of months, with gas prices and food prices as high as they used to be, we’re seeing the people who needed warehouse resources two or three years ago coming back to us. They were doing it, but they need help again.”

Ahasai added that the store is seeing more people who have never needed help before.

“Their kids come home from school in the summer, and when you live from paycheck to paycheck and all of a sudden you have a huge bump like that, that’s a big adjustment,” Ahasai said. “These people need help, too.”

Ahsai added that the store is starting to run out of some food, which is common at this time of year.

“We’re not on people’s minds as much as we are on holidays, and we need food all year round,” Ahasai said. “In November we have a big Boy Scouts food drive, which is great for us. During the holidays, people are in the spirit of giving, and they often include the pantry.

“We are very grateful for that, but now it’s been six months and we’re feeding more people and our shelves are empty.”

Ahsay noted that on the fourth Saturday of every month, the store has $5 bags sale, when the clothing and household items section is open to the public and people can get a bag full of clothes for a $5 donation.

“This is another resource for people during these tough economic times,” Ahasai said.

The Glen-Ed Pantry Hotel is located on 125 Fifth Ave. in Edwardsville. To learn more about the store or to make a donation, visit https://www.glenedpantry.org/ or call 618-656-7506.

The store is open from 3 PM to 5:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 AM to 11:30 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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