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600 food boxes available in Carbondale on May 26

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Six hundred boxes of food were given out in Carbondale on Wednesday.

That’s thanks in part to Centerstone, Local Laborers 773 and other volunteers.

People drove up in their cars at Centerstone and picked up however many boxes of food they needed for themselves and their neighbors.

Local Laborers 773 Business Manager Jerry Womack said there’s still a need here in southern Illinois for extra food.

“That 600, it grows because we had folks today that they’re going to take them to parents and elderly grandparents and neighbors who couldn’t get out for one reason or another,” Womack said. “That 600 then multiplies even further out than that.”

We spoke with one volunteer who also took a box home for his loved ones who needed it.

“When I take this box, you know what I’m going to do?” Micheal Lamar Atkinson said. “I’m going to take it to a family member that needs it. This box is not for me, it’s for family members. I already have a box at the building waiting for me.”

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization. They provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, education and support to communities.

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