URBANA — A dozen food pantries and other organizations are sharing in more than $30,000 in grant money awarded by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
The money was awarded to upgrade computer equipment or cold storage.
The food bank wants to deal with its member food pantries and agencies online, but some of those agencies need help upgrading their equipment, said food bank spokeswoman Julie Melton.
Grants to increase refrigeration and freezer equipment will allow member agencies to serve more people with fresh food, she said.
The grant money is being provided through a bequest left to the food bank in 2010.
Cold storage grants were made to:
— Food for Seniors, Champaign County: $3,700.
— Newman Shares Food Pantry, Champaign County: $3,000.
— St. Luke Food Pantry, Champaign: $3,848.
— Palestine Community Foodbank, Crawford County: $4,137.
— Toledo Christian Church, Cumberland County: $4,192.
— Sheldon Area Food Pantry, Iroquois County: $6,772.
— MorningStar Food Bank, Vermilion County: $3,498.
Computer grants were made to:
— Morning Star Church, Vermilion County: $147.
— HOPE of East Central Illinois, Coles County: $197.
— Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry, Vermilion County: $297.
— Lighthouse Restoration Center, Champaign County: $377.
— Mattoon Area Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), Coles County: $118.