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CARTERVILLE — When members of Carterville Area Rotary Club heard that one of the VA Medicial Center’s programs needed a little help, they decided to take action.

The club is hosting a food drive through Wednesday, May 24, for the Marion VA Medical Center Food Pantry.

“Tom Harness told us at our Rotary meeting on Wednesday that they are severely low on food,” said Brian Flath, past president of the club.

Flath had the idea for club members to bring donations to the meeting the following Wednesday. Several other members offered to serve as drop-off locations before Wednesday. Flath said the club’s donation grew into a week-long food drive.

Food donations may be taken to Irons in the Fire Mercantile in Carterville, J Fortune Photography in Carterville, Service Detectives in Energy or Shoe Sensation in the Illinois Centre Mall in Marion before Wednesday morning. Donations also may be dropped off during Carterville Area Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Looper’s Restaurant at Crab Orchard Golf Club in Carterville.

“Jason Shadowens, who owns Service Detectives, will bring his box truck, and he will deliver the food for us,” Flath said.

The VA Medical Center Food Pantry is part of the Homeless Veterans program at the center. For more information, call 618-997-5311.

Carterville Area Rotary Club meets at 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Looper’s Restaurant. For more information visit the club’s Facebook page or call 618-889-9469.



Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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