February is National Canned Food Month and the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry and Green Harvest Food Pantry need donations of canned food year round to meet the needs of many hungry children and adults in the area.
According to Green Harvest's website, it usually takes about four tons (8,000 pounds) of food per month to feed the pantry's clients; they are especially in need of non-perishable goods — especially peanut butter, Ramen noodles and corn — and hygiene products, particularly shampoo and soap, along with size 5 and 6 diapers.
Meanwhile, the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry, which operates out of the Plainfield Township building on Lockport Street, is always looking for donations. On its list of most-needed items right now are canned vegetables, rice, boxed potatoes, diapers (all sizes), household cleaners, disinfectant wipes, paper products, dish soap and garbage bags.
Click here for a list of times and locations to donate to the Interfaith Food Pantry or make a cash donation here.
Shannon Traeger is a spokesperson with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. She says this year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are “more than 50 million Americans, including nearly 17 million children, that are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.” And the face of hunger is changing. “Just because a person has a job, does not mean he or she has enough money to put a meal on the table, and, in fact, 36 percent of client households served by the Feeding America network have one or more adults working.”