Blessings in Johnson County

Dec 2, 2019

This story was aired on November 29, 2019. 

Brenda Kreuter of Vienna, Illinois looks at the Blessing Box she recently filled with donated non-perishable food and baby items on October 1, 2019. This is one out of two Blessing Boxes in Vienna, the county seat of Johnson County.
Credit Amelia Blakely

More than 10% of Johnson County's 12, 899 residents are food insecure, according to Map the Meal Gap 2019 study by Feeding America, a national non-profit organization made of networks of food banks. 

Local residents saw the growing need and are independently organizing to make sure their most vulnerable neighbors are being fed.  

Credit Amelia Blakely

Brenda Kreuter of Vienna, Illinois is the organizer of the two Blessing Boxes in the city which is open to anyone who needs extra food but don't have money to buy it. 

Jeff Robinson and his agriculture and FFA students at Goreville High School fill bags for the school's Blessing in a Backpack Program organized by Barbara Watkins, the organizer of Johnson County's Blessing in a Backpack Program on October 25, 2019.
Credit Amelia Blakely

Barbara Watkins from Goreville, Illinois is the organizer of the local Blessings in a Backpack program that helps feed children over the weekend in Johnson County who don't have access to food at home.