Because of a recent donation from Ameren Illinois and supplemental funding from Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH), half a dozen food pantries are getting grant money. The Southern Illinois Food Pantry Network awarded 6 mini-grants this month for a grand total of $10,000. The purpose of the grants is to give support to the food networks mission to provide more nutritious food to residents, along with educational opportunities, and recourses to area families suffering from food insecurity. The pantries that received the grant are Marion Salvation Army Food Pantry, Victory Dream Center of Carbondale, Daystar Community Program in Cairo, Murphysboro Food Pantry, Shawnee Development Council in Anna, and Turning Point Hands of Hope Food Pantry in McLeansbor. These pantries will use the funds to make more healthy food choices available and put forth the effort to promote exercise and eating healthy.