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WIU NAACP chapter makes holiday donations to those in need

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MACOMB — The Western Illinois University (WIU) chapter of the NAACP is donating needed resources to local food pantries this holiday season amidst the pandemic.

Food donations were made to the WIU Food Pantry and Genesis Garden, two local food distribution services that serve the Macomb and WIU communities.

As winter sets in, ushering in the holidays, the national rate of the COVID-19 pandemic has skyrocketed, leaving several hundred people in the WIU and Macomb communities sheltering in place to avoid exposure. This unprecedented time is what paved the way for this project to become a reality.

Traditionally, the WIU chapter of the NAACP prepares cooked holiday meals for donation to families in need during the holidays. However, the safety concerns from the pandemic required the executive members of the student organization to implement alternative strategies for their efforts to support the community this year.

WIU junior nutrition and foodservice management major, and current president of the WIU NAACP chapter, Destiny Williams, was instrumental in the planning and execution of this initiative.

“With everything going on in the world with COVID-19, our executive board wanted to help local food pantries donate to those in need.” said Williams. “We all understand how everyone has been affected by the pandemic and we wanted to help ease the trouble during the holidays.”

Donations included turkeys, canned foods and various other non-perishable goods, which will be used by the food pantries to provide resources to members of the community that experience food insecurity.

For more information about this initiative, or to get involved with the NAACP at WIU, email [email protected].

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