Far South Side food pantry truck stolen
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporteremail@example.com June 16, 2012 11:02AM
Just ten days after a Far South Side food pantry purchased a truck to deliver meals to the needy, the vehicle was stolen from the facility’s lot.
Pastor Virgil Jones, of the Mother Jones Food Pantry, in the 700 block of West 120th, said he discovered the white 16-foot box truck was gone about 11:30 p.m. Friday. He had used his personal car to deliver food to a home Friday night, “and when I got back, it was gone.”
At the time it was stolen there was no food in the truck, but that truck would be used to pick up food which would then be distributed to those in need, Jones said.
The Mother Jones Food Pantry has been providing food to those in need for the past four years and through that time they have done so without a truck. The needs of those in the community have increased and “we needed a truck to help feed the people,” Jones said.
The food pantry purchased the truck on June 6, he said. “We had it for ten days,” Jones said. “It took us four years to get this truck, and one day for some heartless person to steal it.”
Mother Jones Food Pantry feeds an average of 2,000 people a month, Pastor Jones said. They distribute food from the pantry every Saturday at noon and today they’re expecting more than 150 families, he said.