New Berlin church buildings be a part of collectively to battle meals insecurity

NEW BERLIN — Church buildings are established to feed the soul.

For a trio of New Berlin church buildings, that additionally means nurturing the physique by tackling meals insecurity in western Sangamon County.

The three are supporting two micro-food pantries for these in want.

Meals insecurity is outlined by the U.S. Division of Agriculture as the shortage of constant entry to sufficient meals for a wholesome life-style. It affected about 1 in 8 People in 2020 — about 26 million adults and 12 million kids in america, in line with the USDA.

It’s believed the continued pandemic has induced these numbers to extend considerably since then.

Island Grove United Methodist Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and the New Berlin campus of Central Baptist Church of Springfield began addressing the issue of their neighborhood in July. They now are protecting two standalone pantries stocked — one in Corbett Park in southwest New Berlin and one within the east at New Berlin Laundromat.

The Corbett Park pantry was opened in July underneath the auspices of Island Grove United Methodist Church by way of the church’s seven-member Outreach Committee.

“In 2020, our church acknowledged the ever-growing want of households and people battling meals insecurity, particularly in the course of the pandemic,” committee chief Liz Pensoneau mentioned.

She mentioned response was rapid and it has been closely used.

For extra details about the New Berlin pantries or to donate, contact Liz Pensoneau at 217-488-7709, Allicent Smith at 217-341-1757 or Scott Nichols at 217-494-8460.

“In addition to being equipped with meals from Island Grove, we now have been blessed to have had meals and financial donations from many people who shared our concern,” Pensoneau mentioned.

St. John’s Lutheran Church joined Island Grove United Methodist and established the second pantry. Laundromat proprietor Mike Williams donated the area and shelving.

“Serving to with this mission presents a method that our congregation will help the neighborhood,” mentioned liaison Allicent Smith of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Central Baptist campus Pastor Scott Nichols mentioned the church wished to get extra concerned with the neighborhood “and the meals pantries present that chance.”

The park pantry is open 24 hours a day. It’s stocked solely with boxed objects in the course of the winter. Canned items, non-perishable meals and private care merchandise can be found on the laundry throughout common enterprise hours.