Salvation Army seeks donations to qualify for portion of challenge grant

Posted: Mar. 2, 2013 5:23 pm Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 6:15 pm


The Salvation Army of Quincy is seeking donations for its food pantry program to help qualify the agency for a share of a $1 million challenge grant being offered by Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein.

This marks the 16th straight year the Feinstein Foundation has challenged non-profit, anti-hunger agencies throughout the country to raise money to qualify for a share of the $1 million the foundation has offered annually. The 2013 grant will be divided among all agencies that participate.

A press release from the Salvation Army of Quincy said the agency will receive a portion of the $1 million grant based on the total dollars raised for the food pantry between March 1 and April 30.

Donations of food and money may be applied to the Feinstein Foundation's challenge. Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Family Services office at 333 N. Sixth (the former Adams County Health Department headquarters in the Courthouse) or mailed to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL 62306-0075.

More information is available by calling the agency at (217) 222-5762.

According to Salvation Army officials, the agency strives to relieve poverty and hunger in an eight-county area of Illinois and Missouri. Food is provided to individuals and families through Family Services office food pantries in Quincy and Hannibal. Emergency shelter, rent, utilities, transportation and other assistance are part of the services provided to those in need.

In 2012, the Salvation Army provided 13,767 meals to shelter residents, 3,593 food baskets through the food pantries, 1,050 Christmas food baskets for families during the holiday season, and 740 meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.