LLCU donates $20,000 to Empower Pantry at Empowerment Opportunity Center and sends out challenge to Decatur area businesses to match donation

DECATUR, IL (March 27, 2023) — Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) donated $20,000 to Empowerment Opportunity Center of Decatur/Macon County to support EMPOWER PANTRY – an onsite pantry that provides free personal & household cleaning items to those in need. Empower Pantry is partially funded through a Community Services Block Grant.

In a social media post by LLCU on Wednesday, the company posed the following challenge regarding the donation, “We officially challenge Decatur area businesses! LLCU commits to provide a $20,000 match of donations made by area businesses to fund supplies for the Empower Pantry. Will you donate and help us reach $40,000 total with our match?”

The Empower Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday & Thursday of each month between 9:00a.m.- 11:30a.m. All first-time recipients must pre-register with Empowerment Opportunity Center.

“We have found this to be a great need among our community, especially now in this environment of higher prices for common household items and personal hygiene items,” stated Tara Murray, Empowerment Opportunity Center Executive Director. “We have provided pantry items to over 1,000 unduplicated households and that number continues to grow as the word gets out about this service we’re providing. This donation from LLCU, and the hope of support from other businesses through their challenge, will help us continue to restock the pantry & provide this much needed service.”

For more information about the Empower Pantry or to make a donation, please visit or call the Empowerment Opportunity Center at 217-428-0155.


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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