By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Joanne Dedert is expecting a big turnout.
Make that a huge turnout.
"We're anticipating long lines," said Dedert, the executive director of Madonna House, which is coordinating an Adams County Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday. "We're expecting a lot of people to arrive early (and get in line)."
The food pantry will open at 10 a.m. and be set up at 525 Jersey in the parking lot of the Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchell law offices. ADM sponsored a similar event a year ago in its parking lot.
The Madonna House provides emergency and transitional shelter for families and individuals in need, and it also offers a public food pantry of its own twice a week. Dedert is admittedly proud of the non-profit agency's willingness to try to help the community with the mobile food pantry concept.
"We're very proud of the fact that we're the first food pantry in Quincy to sponsor something like this, and it's taken a long time to put together," Dedert said. "We have been working with the Central Illinois Food Bank (in Springfield), which will have representatives here Saturday. There also will be 30 volunteers helping out."
Among the items available Saturday will be 12,000 pounds of fresh produce. Those coming to receive food are asked to bring a laundry basket or empty box to be filled. Food will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
"We're ecstatic to be able to do this," Dedert said. "We hope to be able to do one or two more before the end of the year."
Madonna House's own regularly scheduled food pantry is open 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Dedert said the Madonna House food pantry serves about 800 people per month, "and we're going to exceed that number this month."