Galena, Ill. – After supplying clients with prepackaged boxes of food for almost three months, the Galena Food Pantry will return to its standard operation Thursday, June 11, with some procedural modifications  in order to comply with Covid-19 staged reopening protocols.

Distribution takes place in the lower level of Illinois Bank & Trust’s Gear Street location during normal Pantry hours, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday each month, except holidays. Clients will be greeted by Pantry volunteers in the bank’s parking lot and may be asked to wait a short time in their vehicles, as a limited number of clients will be allowed to enter the Pantry at any one time.

According to Pantry Director Tom Van Gelder, “Clients must wear face masks and apply hand sanitizer provided at the Pantry entrance and other select areas.  Contrary to past practice, they will not be allowed to bring their own bags inside. Bags and boxes, in which to carry out food, will be provided. Also, we request that only one person per family enter the pantry.”

Those not formally registered with the Pantry may do so on site with an ID or other document that contains their current Jo Daviess County address. Anyone acting as a proxy for a registered client must bring a signed proxy form from the client (Proxy Form).