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Food assistance available in Coles County

Abby Lee, Staff Reporter

August 22, 2019

The areas of Charleston and Mattoon have several food pantries available for anyone in need of them. There is one in Charleston called the Standing Stone Community Center and goes hand in hand with Carpenters Table. This is located at 375 North 14th St. There is one in Mattoon called the Mattoon...

Carnegie Public Library waiving late book fees for food donations

Zoë Donovan, Staff Reporter

June 10, 2019

Members of the Charleston community who have late book fines for the Carnegie Public Library can waive their fees by donating food, which will go to the Charleston Food Pantry, in the month of June. The library is accepting a wide variety of food and toiletry items, including juice, cereal, pasta, ...

Free meals available for youth through summer program

Alyssa Cravens, Staff Reporter

June 4, 2019

The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide a free lunch to anyone 18 years old and younger during the summer. Director Beth Gillespie said the end of the school year brings the end of school-provided meals during the day, and for many families...

Food insecurity discussed at lecture Monday

Logan Raschke, Staff Reporter

November 5, 2018

Sociology professor Michael Gillespie gave a talk about hunger at the Lecture Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center Monday night. Gillespie said the problem of food insecurity is one that will stick around. “Food insecurity’s not going anywhere, unfortunately, within our town,” said Gillespie. Michael...

Hunger Action Month kicks off with ‘Pie a Celeb’

Analicia Haynes, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018

Students will have a chance to throw pies at “Eastern celebrities” while supporting the three food pantries in Charleston from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Library Quad. The event was originally supposed to take place on Nov. 1 but was moved because of inclement weather. “Pie a Celeb”...

Destroy the stigma about taking from food pantries

Staff Editorial

October 31, 2018

In an interview with The Daily Eastern News on Oct. 31 2018, Michael Gillespie, a member on the EIU Hunger Action Team and a sociology professor, said he collected data that showed that 39.8 percent of students, of the 344 students who responded to the survey, showed signs of food insecurity. In th...

Hunger Action Month to raise awareness, funds

Kalyn Hayslett, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2016

  Throughout the month of November, the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism will educate, fundraise and assist citizens who suffer from food insecurity during its fifth annual Hunger Action Month. Food insecurity is when an individual or family is one step away from not being able...

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