Posted on December 21, 2010 at 11:30 PM
(KMOV) – Some food banks are getting help this holiday season thanks to a legal settlement.
The Illinois Attorney General is distributing more than $1 million to organizations including one across the river in St. Louis.
The St. Louis area food bank calls it an early Christmas present, especially at a time when demand is high and donations are down.
The Bridgeton based bank will receive about $60,000. The money comes from a legal settlement between the State of Illinois and nearly a dozen vitamin manufacturers.
So why is the money going to a food bank in St. Louis and not being used to plug the Illinois budget deficit? According to the settlement, the money must go toward either health, nutrition, or science. The St. Louis area food bank serves 12 counties in the state of Illinois.
The St. Louis area food bank is one of eight organizations benefitting from the legal settlement.
The food bank says the money is a huge help, but adds that it’s not enough to keep up with the increased demand from families in need. It serves 57,000 people a week and expects the number to increase this winter.