ANNA, Ill. (AP) — Officials at a southern Illinois food pantry say they're in dire need of help to keep their shelves stocked.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported Saturday that the Shawnee Development Food Pantry in the Union County town of Anna suspended operations for two weeks earlier this month because there was no food to give away.
Officials say that's the first time in 20 years that the pantry has had to close its doors.
A truckload of food arrived a few days ago, and should last until the end of the week. But officials say they'll have to close again if no more food arrives.
They say the pantry typically serves about 200 households monthly, but that number has climbed as high as 335 households as more young families seek help.
The St. Louis Cardinals make it a habit to honor others before many of the team's home games. But Monday night, it was the baseball franchise that was honored.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized the team with a plaque for their leadership in food recovery and recycling.
By composting leftovers, like old hot dogs, and donating unused, uncooked food to food pantries, the team has kept 2000 tons of waste out of landfills. According to the EPA, that’s far and away the best of any pro sports franchise.