The Crisis Food Center in Alton provides families with a five day supply of nutritionally-balanced food, but it has been harder to put it all together recently. There is a 20% increase in need over the last few years, with children and the elderly accounting for a large portion of that number. There are donation drives and fundraisers coming up in the next couple of weeks that could help keep the shelves stocked.
Collection boxes are located at Andy's Auto Body and Woodman Collision Center, and there is a fundraising car wash a week from Saturday at both locations. These drives are being co-organized by Rotary of the Riverbend. Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley says if you would like to donate, money goes further for them than food.
Jolley says they are a "don't ask" center regarding income and circumstances, but those who come for help are limited to a five day supply once a month. You can call the Crisis Food Center at 462-8201.