"Jeans for Jacksonville Day” supports local food pantry


On what was named “Jeans for Jacksonville Day” at Illinois College this past Monday, 336 items of food weighing 337 pounds and $276 was donated to the Jacksonville Food Pantry.

In light of the shortage at the local food pantry, the college’s Employee Appreciation Committee organized a day where faculty and staff members could wear jeans in exchange for a $5 cash donation or nonperishable food donation.

“It was a very successful day as we had 61 participants that generously donated. I want to thank everyone who participated,” Teresa Smith, director of human resources at Illinois College, said. “I’m proud to be a part of a college community that sees the value in serving our community.”
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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