The Riedel Foundation is partnering with the Hannibal Salvation Army to provide holiday cheer to Hannibal residents. Riedel trustees awarded a $10,000 grant to help put food on the table this Christmas to Hannibal residents in need.
“This grant is a lifeline for families who are struggling to put food on the table this Christmas season. No one should go hungry, but especially during such a joyous season. The Hannibal Salvation Army is grateful for the continued support of the Northeast Missouri community and the Riedel Foundation,” said Captain Rich Forney, The Salvation Army, Quincy Area Command.
This year, The Salvation Army anticipates handing out 800 to 900 Christmas food boxes to the community. Inside each box will be enough food to feed a family of four to five. The boxes include a 4lb ham, canned fruits and vegetables, stuffing, dinner rolls, pie, and more. The baskets also include a box of cereal, milk, and eggs so the family can have breakfast.
The Riedel Foundation has awarded more than six million dollars in grants in the last two decades. The terms of the Riedel trust dictate that the money benefits the residents of Hannibal. Even though the food boxes go to residents in Lewis, Monroe, Shelby, Ralls, Pike, and Marion Counties, more than 90% will benefit Hannibal area residents. The Riedel grant comprises about a third of budget for the Salvation Army Christmas food boxes program.
“The Salvation Army helps people in so many ways, not just through their food distribution,” said Riedel Trustee Paul Richards. “This is just one small way we can help them reach out to people in need.”
The Christmas boxes will be distributed on December 13.