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Illinois food pantries receive money from legal settlement

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Food pantries in Illinois are getting some  financial help this holiday season.

Thanks to a legal settlement, the attorney general’s office has distributed $1.2 million that will be available to local food pantries in each of Illinois’ 102 counties.

The funds come from a settlement with nearly a dozen vitamin manufacturers that conspired in the 1990s to fix the price of vitamins to make a larger profit. 

The cash comes into the state at a time when the state is billions of dollars in debt. The settlement can’t be used to help fix the budget, however, because the court ordered settlement funds to be used towards improvements in the areas if health, nutrition or science. 

The money will allow Illinois’ eight regional food banks to purchase food and distribute it through local food pantries including St. Louis Area Food Bank in  Bridgeton, Mo.

Reported by Nick Gale

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