Published on December 20, 2012

Mercer County Hospital Collects Over 1,000 Pounds of Food for Local Food Pantry

Demand at the Churches of  Mercer County food pantry has rarely been higher. The pantry serves families throughout the area and each month over 200 families are utilizing the pantry. Each family receives emergency food for 5 days or 15 meals and is proportioned according to family size.

"It has been a challenge to keep enough food on the shelves this year with such a high demand. We are thankful to local organizations and citizens who are generously donating to the food pantry," said Sharon Lingafelter, Food Pantry Coordinator.

Mercer County Hospital wanted to help those in need and held  a contest to help fill the shelves at the food pantry. Each department in the hospital participated in the food drive. The response from the hospital employees was amazing with 1,161 pounds of food and paper items donated. Items donated from each department were weighed and the department with the highest total won a pizza or Subway party.

The top three departments were:

Medical Associates Clinic - 321 pounds
Administration, Social Services, HR, and Pharmacy - 273 pounds
Medical/Surgical - 236 pounds

"Our department was happy to donate food to the pantry. It is important that we help our family, friends, and neighbors through this difficult time," commented Louise Johnson, Clinic Supervisor.

To learn how you can help contact Sharon Lingafelter, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 309-582-7449 or

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