Top of the Morning, Feb. 6, 2024

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Before settling in and rooting for the Chiefs on Sunday, Penny Holycross has work to do.

The good-natured and hardworking founder of Georgetown's food pantry will be at the corner of Main Street and Illinois 1 in Westville collecting monetary donations. She'll be joined by 24 volunteers with bright vests and good intentions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"There's always a need, but the last six months, our need has doubled," she said. "The COVID money has stopped, and it's hard to make ends meet. There are a lot of people who are desperate for food right now."

A Georgetown Township supervisor, Holycross started the pantry nearly 20 years ago. Since Day 1, she's received community-wide help and is confident of a strong turnout at Sunday's first-time event — both at Westville's square and a popular bar nearby.

At Julee's Shooting Star (109 W. Main St.), owner Julee Gay is hosting a "No One Should Go Hungry" Super Bowl party and accepting food pantry donations through Sunday.

Holycross and friends will have beads to hand out to those chipping in before the Chiefs and 49ers kick off. "I'm so proud of my township," the 69-year-old said.

To help out in any way, reach out to Holycross at 217-474-8707.