Friendship House in Peoria has received one of the 20 grants the Illinois Treasurer's Office is awarding to non-profit organizations. The total pot of $400,000 comes from filing fees non-profits pay to incorporate. Friendship House is getting a $25,000 grant. Executive Director Robert Montgomery says the money will help them work toward doubling the meals they provided last year out of their food pantry. Specifically it will help expand the program they call Friday night take-out.
“What we want to do is expand our program from not just once a month to twice a month real soon.” Montgomery says.
Montgomery says the Friday Night Take-out program is designed to give a family of four enough food for a week. He says they are working entirely with non-perishable foods now, but hope to expand that to include some fresh produce. Another Peoria program called Heaven’s View Community Development/Jobs Partnership also received one of the grants. The retraining and reentry program received more the $24,000.