The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 20, 2013

Independent Living Center receives food pantry grant

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Independent Living Center of Joplin has received a grant that will be used to help provide food for people for people who are disabled or have chronic health problems.

Center officials recently accepted the funds, a $9,500 grant administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Stephanie Brady, director of programs for the center, said the money will be used to buy food, supplies and a commercial refrigerator-freezer to help feed Joplin area families in need.

The center has operated a food pantry since 2006 to help some of the 1,500 people served by the organization. The grant will allow the center to buy a year’s supply of food, Brady said, since the organization is affiliated with Ozarks Food Harvest and can buy food at a low cost. Money also will go for cleaning supplies that will be provided by the pantry.

Center officials hope the grant will allow another 500 families to receive services.