$3,500 donations to support summer food project

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
A $1,500 check was recently donated for a summer food program coordinated by the Mercer County Health Department. Far left and right are David Dare and Kirk Doonan from Nutrien Ag Solutions, Viola. In the center from left are Kyle McEwen (Mercer County Better Together), Jennifer Hamerlinck (MC Health Department) and Al Zwilling (Mercer Foundation for Health).

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ALEDO -- Over the past two weeks 350 food boxes have been given out to families in Mercer County for a summer food giveaway called Mercer County Food Mission. The effort is part of a collaborative effort from multiple partners including the Mercer County Health Department, Mercer County Better Together, Mercer Foundation for Health, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Walmart, Mercer Family YMCA and various churches and Mercer County schools. Financial donations from Nutrien and WalMart totaled $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

In addition area food pantries and River Bend Food Bank have become involved in the program. “River Bend has supplemented the program with 200 USDA Farm to Table items (perishables including produce or dairy),” said Hamerlinck.

In June food boxes were handed out at Mercer County Intermediate, New Boston Elementary and Winola Elementary schools. There will also be several distributions in July, with dates, times and places yet to be determined.

Keep an eye out for Mercer County Health Department’s social media Facebook page, for an announcement on this.