When Judy Hittle, coordinator for the Coal City Food Pantry, asked for help from businesses, Standard Bank was quick to offer assistance.
Standard Bank President Kelly Beaty, at the request of Standard’s Branch Manager Jennifer Ullrich, eagerly wrote a check to have the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s truck replenish the food pantry located at the United Methodist Church in July.
Standard Bank employees who assisted in unloading the 2,677 pounds of food at the church were Michelle Cooper-McNally, Don Johnson, Kathy Lambros, Mike Lamonica, Jennifer Ullrich, Lisa Ricchio, Scott Shannon and Wendy Oakes.
“It was very gracious of Standard Bank to help us fill our food pantry now, when we find a real need these summer months, when children are out of school and need three good meals a day at home,” Hittle said.
“Our food pantry here at the United Methodist Church is not subsidized or helped by any other agency or charity, so we need 10 to 12 trucks a year to keep up with the demand for food here in the Coal City area. We serve between 80 and 100 families each month, so it takes a lot of food and coordinating to make sure these families have the food they need while the economy is still trying to revive.”
Hittle concluded, “Our last sponsored truck was through the generosity of Operation St. Nick in April. When we have the need for another Northern Illinois Food Bank truck to deliver food to our pantry, and we have no sponsor, the church pays for the food truck. They see and realize the need is there.”
“It was a great feeling knowing we were helping families in need right here in our own communities,” Ullrich, branch manager of Standard Bank’s Coal City facility said. “When needed, the food truck comes on the fourth Friday of the month, and we have committed two employees from Standard Bank to be here to assist in unloading, restocking or any way Judy needs us.”