August 9, 2022

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Manhattan Insurance Agent Makes $10K Donation To New Lenox

MANHATTAN, IL — Inflation is at a 40-12 months superior, and that is affecting every thing from mortgages and rent to a gallon of gasoline to workers’ wages and every thing in concerning, together with the cost of groceries.

As costs proceed to spiral out of management and uncertainty looms about the direction in which the overall economy is headed, several folks and families are faced with a severe and challenging choice: Shell out revenue on payments, or commit it on food items?

The New Lenox food pantry, which is operate via New Lenox Township, is now using its means to help feed all over 300 men and women per 7 days, according to Township officers. And all those quantities go on to improve with each passing week.

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But the news is not all gloom and doom, thanks to a generous $10,000 donation to the New Lenox food stuff pantry from Manhattan-primarily based Condition Farm Agent Kevin Molloy and his team.

When Molloy received phrase that he and his group ended up nominated for one particular of two Illinois’ State Farm offices’ Fantastic Local community Awards, he admitted that despite the fact that it was nice to be identified, he understood there were being much even larger offices in the state that most likely had a better prospect of winning.

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“It was fantastic to read when you open up up your e mail, but one thing that you hardly ever assume will be a possibility,” Molloy mentioned.

There were being 500 this sort of nominations in Illinois, Molloy said. Then it received whittled down to 100, then 25, then 1o, and Molloy was even now on the list.

Last but not least, in May perhaps, Molloy and his team bought term that they were being preferred to give the $10,000 to a non-gain organization of their decision.

Understanding that there was no scarcity of worthy nonprofits in the area, and simply because he and his crew operate jointly in making selections for the business office, Molloy said that he turned the “large lifting, the most critical section” of deciding on a nonprofit more than to his crew, which is made up of Tracy Kestel, Kim O’Neill, Irene Wilson and Kristin Forgac.

“They took about two times [to choose a nonprofit]. And mainly because of our partnership that we have now with the foodstuff pantry, and what we do with our very own micro-pantry [at the Manhattan State Farm office], they felt this was the right route,” Molloy said through a presentation Thursday for the oversized check out throughout the New Lenox Township board assembly.

Now that the look at has been deposited, the New Lenox foods pantry is squandering no time putting that income to use.

1st up on its checklist of required products is milk, which the foods pantry participates with the Northern Illinois Foods Bank and Prairie Farms in a milk application, defined Jim Pitcairn, who is the quickly-to-be head of the foods pantry.

“This sort of donation makes it possible for me for each individual patron who arrives into us will get a gallon of milk for the future two yrs each week,” Pitcairn claimed. “… It is dollars likes this that allows us to do these nice things for our people today.”

But milk is just the initial fall in a much larger bucket, Pitcairn explained. The food items pantry will also be holding a jogging record of the most requested items to make certain those are perfectly-stocked at the food pantry.

Through the foodstuff pantry’s partnership with the Northern Illinois Meals Bank, the food pantry is capable to buy merchandise at a substantially discounted fee, Pitcairn stated.

Molloy and his team have had a extensive marriage with the foods pantry, Pitcairn mentioned. For instance, just about every Thanksgiving Molloy and his workforce donate 50 Thanksgiving foods with all the trimmings to the foods pantry, Pitcairn claimed.

“That’s just the style of person Kevin is,” Pitcairn mentioned.

The smooth-spoken Molloy was a little bit more humble when talking about the get the job done he and his team do for the local community.

Molloy mentioned he tries to live his lifestyle by a individual passage from the Bible: “Significantly will be demanded of the person entrusted with a lot, and even now more will be demanded of the individual entrusted with additional.”

“I truly feel kind of blessed to have this prospect to do this,” Molloy claimed.

Those who find themselves in need of the food items pantry’s expert services can make an appointment with New Lenox Township by contacting (815) 485-6431. New Lenox Township is situated at 1100 S. Cedar Road in New Lenox.

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