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Weekend fundraiser helps local food pantry prepares for busy summer months ahead

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Many families in America struggle to put food on the table and in Adams County it's the same story.

Horizon's Social Services runs a soup kitchen through the week from 12 to 1 p.m.  Program Manager Mark Grislier says one in four children right here in Adams County do not know where their next meal will come from. Grislier says food pantries and soup kitchens often rely on fundraiser's to keep the shelves stocked and people in need fed.

"This is a way to really take ownership of what's happening and say this is a community that I live in, I'm proud to be a part of, I don't want this to be happening in my community and this is something in a way I can help to take care of that problem." Grislier said.

Grislier says the summer months are one of the busiest times of the year. He says about 60 percent of children in the Quincy Public Schools are eligible for the free lunch program. He says his pantry and soup kitchen see a lot of those kids during the summer months because they don't get the food at school anymore.

"After school is out for the kids, it immediately flips a switch," Grislier said. "We have a lot more kids and their families coming in. Typically we will have anywhere from about 100 to 200 kids coming throughout an average month. That goes up anywhere from 600 to 800 children a month during the summer months."

This Sunday hosts the Horizon's Empty Bowl event. The fundraiser will help raise money to stock up on food for the upcoming summer months. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quincy Senior High Cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per person or $50 maximum for a family of five or more. Tickets can be purchased at both Quincy's Hy-Vee locations as well as at Horizons at 701 Hampshire St.

Each ticket will provides a soup meal to have, but as well as a hand painted bowl. There also will be gift basket raffles and silent auctions.
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