PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Volunteers from around Southern Illinois turned out to help those in need in Pinckneyville.
With over 33,000 pounds of food, the Least of the Brethren Ministry was able to send 200 families in Perry County home with bags and boxes of food.
A record number of people pulled up and 30 different volunteers spent two hours loading them up with can goods and other food items.
This is the most people the ministry has served in the seven years since it started offering the food.
"We just love helping people," said George Culley, ministry volunteer, "that is our mission."
The St. Louis Area Food Bank partners with over 500 different agencies in Missouri and Illinois alone, like the ministry in Pinckneyville, providing 25 million pounds of food a year for families in need.
Volunteers say that number continues to rise.
"If people are willing to wait in line on the middle of the day for some boxes of food for, you know that they desperately need it," said Bethany Prange from the St. Louis Area Food Bank.
Those at the ministry say they are more than happy to help.