Land of Lincoln Credit Union donates $20,000 to Central Illinois food pantries in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DECATUR, IL (June 25, 2020) — Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) applied for and received a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) to assist local non-profit organizations that may have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, LLCU donated $20,000 to local food pantries throughout central Illinois, including Northeast Community Fund in Decatur, Holy Family Food Pantry in Springfield, 6:35 Pantry in Vandalia, Catholic Charities in Effingham, Catholic Charities in Mattoon, Loaves & Fishes Pantry in Pana, and Salvation Army Pantry of Centralia.

“When we learned that the Federal Home Loan Bank was making this grant money available to applicants in order to help organizations that meet the needs of those less fortunate in our communities, we knew we had to try and obtain the funds to put them right here, in our community,” states Robert Ares, LLCU President/CEO. “Apparently they agreed, because we were granted the funds to disburse, and for that, we are so grateful.”

Executive Director of Northeast Community Fund, Ed Bacon, had this to say after receiving the check on Wednesday (6/17/20), “Despite the fact that we’ve been hit with this pandemic, we’ve been able to expand our programs with the Mobile & Drive-Up Food Pantries, allowing us to serve nearly DOUBLE the client-load we typically do. This is only possible through donations like this one from Land of Lincoln Credit Union. We can only help the community as far as we are helped by organizations like LLCU. We are very appreciative.”

(L-R): Ed Bacon (NCF Exec. Director), Regan Deering (NCF Board President), and Robert Ares (LLCU President/CEO).

(L-R): Maggie McGowan (Catholic Charities Springfield), Melanie Walker (LLCU Springfield Branch Manager), and Robyn More (Catholic Charities Springfield)

(L-R): Heidi Schlabach (LLCU Mattoon Branch Manager) and Debbie Albin, (Catholic Charities Mattoon)

(L-R): Patricia Melton (Salvation Army) and Makalia Williams (LLCU Centralia Branch Manager)

(L-R): Kristen Bowling (LLCU Vandalia Branch Manager) and Joan Seibert (6:35 Pantry of Vandalia)

About Land of Lincoln Credit Union

Land of Lincoln Credit Union was founded in 1947. As a full-service financial institution, LLCU serves nearly 35,000 members. Membership in LLCU is open to anyone who lives or works in 28 Illinois counties and their immediate family members. Land of Lincoln Credit Union offers 15 convenient locations in 10 cities to best serve the needs of its membership. As a part of the CO OP shared branching network, members also have access to over 5,000 branches and 30,000 ATM locations nationwide. For more information, visit us online at


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