This holiday season Vatterott College in Quincy is holding a collection drive for canned and shelf-stable food items for the Madonna House Shelter and Pantry. The collection is underway now until December 19, excluding the Thanksgiving break.  According to the Feeding America website, there were 48.1 million Americans in 2014 that lived in food insecure households.  The USDA defines food insecurity as "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”  These statistics make local food banks a much-needed resource for many families and households in the community.

"It’s a shocking statistic – more than 15 million American children are going to bed hungry tonight,” said Vatterott – Quincy Campus Director Tom Lockett.  Lockett continued "The holiday season is a perfect time to share that spirit of building a better life with others, and one way we can do that is by helping those in our community in need of support.”

Nutritious food items such as canned vegetables, no sugar-added fruits, shelf-stable milk, canned chicken and tuna and baby food are always much-needed items at food banks and great options for food donations.  With the holidays coming up, stuffing mixes and cranberry sauces that are lower in sodium and sugars are great options as well.

Donations can be dropped off at the Vatterott College-Quincy campus in the marked boxes near the entrance, located at 3609 N. Marx Drive, Quincy, IL 62305.

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