SJ-R: Recovery proves reluctant in Springfield metro area

An in-depth feature on the economic recovery in Sangamon County and increases in demand for social services.

CHATHAM — Signs of the ongoing national economic recovery haven’t reached the Ball-Chatham Food Pantry.

Based out of a walk-in closet at Chatham Presbyterian Church, the pantry has been providing food for more than 25 years to families in need who live in the Ball-Chatham School District or regularly attend a Chatham church. Last year, its volunteers served about 300 families, comprising nearly 1,000 people, said Victoria Wilson, the pantry’s client coordinator.

“Each year, the numbers continue to increase and multiply,” Wilson said.

The demand has become so great that the pantry had to cut back on the number of times each year families can receive food, she said.

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