The Crisis Food Center in Alton is holding it's own, but could use some help with donations of both food and money in the new year. The center served thousands of people in 2011, and expects to continue to serve more in the year ahead. Executive Director Susan Jolley says while the greater Alton area remains generous, the level of need is out-pacing donations.

Jolley says she is amazed by how many individuals, families and businesses collect food and other items for the center, but says now that the holidays are over, she expects to face a challenge to keep up with those needing assistance:

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Jolley says the largest growing segment of the population seeking assistance are seniors and children under the age of 6. The center has been serving people since 1977 at it's location at 21 East 6th Street in Alton. Donations can be made Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, and those in need may pick up items weekdays from 1-3pm. Call the Crisis Food Center at 462-8201 for more information.