© 2023 WSIU Public Radio
WSIU Public Broadcasting
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Tune in to 91.9 FM at 6 p.m for live coverage of President Biden's rare Oval Office address about the debt limit deal. Watch live on WSIU

Rising prices are affecting the ability of food pantries' to help

 The rising price of food is hurting some food pantry's ability to help the food poor.
Aaron Doucett unsplash
The rising price of food is hurting some food pantries' ability to help the food poor.

With inflation making food more expensive some local food banks are having trouble keeping up, both in buying food and keeping up with the demand.

J.R. Russell is the Executive Director of the Marion Ministerial Alliance.

"When things like this happen in the economy we get hit from both ends, we get hit from the donor end and we get hit from the demand end. It becomes more difficult for folks to donate and certainly the need goes up in the community."

However, Russell adds because the Alliance has been around and established for so long, he says residents of Marion and surrounding area do a good job of supporting the non-profit.

For more information about the Marion Ministerial Alliance, call 618-993-8419. The group is located at 103 East Calvert in Marion.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
As a WSIU donor, you don’t simply watch or listen to public media programs, you are a partner. By making a gift, you help WSIU produce, purchase, and broadcast programs you care about and enjoy – every day of the year!