Plenty of Illinoisans are in need, in spite of improving employment. Kaleigh Friend, Central Illinois Food Bank spokeswoman, says the need has increased by 40% over the last two years. She says most of the people they serve have jobs, and even come in wearing scrubs or work clothes, but they still need help getting back on their feet.
Friend says although the need is high, the numbers are still deceiving, since many more people who are embarrased to ask for help are not seeking it. Local food pantries are also in need of assistance. If you need help or would like to help, call the Crisis Food Center at 462-8201, or the Community Hope Center at 259-0959.