Rev. Randy Atchley
The effectiveness of a non-profit organization lies within the strength of its volunteers. The principles, values, and dedication of those committed to the vision, purpose and ultimate success. Heart of Illinois Harvest embodies what true servanthood symbolizes. The HOIH Team have faithfully delivered food every Tuesday and Friday (regardless of weather) to the Teen Challenge Peoria Men’s Division addiction treatment program for the past 13 years. As you can imagine, men can consume food. Because of Heart of Illinois Harvest’s faithful dedication, we are able to provide healthy meals to the men who come into the program seeking freedom from the destructive lifestyle of addiction. I fully endorse the work and mission of Heart of Illinois Harvest.
Here at Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria we have a
Sandwich Program that daily feeds hundreds of street people and those with low
incomes, even whole families who come to our window. It operates six days a
week with over 60 volunteers.
We have to buy the paper products, the peanut butter and
jelly and most of the meat. We give the people two sanwiches, (peanut butter
and jelly and a meat), plus a drink and a sweet. We receive help, such as most
of our bread, from the local food harvest company, HOIH, or Heart of Illinois
Six days a week the Harvest truck with its volunteers
arrive. They carry in as many as eight trays of bread, cartons of deli products
from a local supermarket, bags and boxes of sweets daily from Panera and
Starbucks, such items as large cans of fruit, even soups from Apple Bakery and
who knows what else. It is most interesting on the days that they stop at the
company which does photos of food products. We have even gotten cases of meat
and cheese. One time it was boxes and boxes of frozen sliced ham!
As fast as the food comes in, it goes out.
It is wonderful that in the State of Illinois this food can
be recycled to those who need it. Heart of Illinois Harvest is invaluable to
God love ya!
Father Bert Heise, OFM
Sacred Heart Church