Friday, January 11, 2013
Sun City Group Charges Moore Hijacked Pantry Money Donation
The money and six big boxes of edibles, said LaBonte in a detailed account, came from the 22nd food drive among Neighborhood 12's 181 homes to benefit the Grafton Food Pantry on Allison Court in Huntley. The Charitable group's original and still officially incorporated name is the Grafton Township Food Pantry. That's also, however, what Moore last year began calling the food donation operation she runs out of the Township offices on Vine Street in Huntley.
"Unfortunately," said LaBonte on Oct. 29, "our resident who volunteered to deliver donations...didn't know there were two food pantries in Grafton Township. As a result...the donations were given by mistake to the wrong food pantry."
LaBonte said when he discovered the error he asked Moore for the money back on Nov. 5. "A summary of the Supervisor's response was that the checks were already cashed, that the money would not be returned and that the money's would still be benefiting needy families...."
LaBonte said that wasn't good enough since the Grafton Food Pantry could have used it to buy what he said was "over $4,000 worth of food" from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Moore's operation can't. "We want our donations to help not just some needy families but as many needy families as possible," LaBonte said calling Moore's decision a "legalistic" response to "an innocent mistake".
Moore didn't reply to LaBonte during the meeting . FEN questioned her afterward, however.
"This was General Assistance funds as far as I'm concerned," said Moore adding she'd have to consult her attorney about giving the money back.
Didn't you check with your attorney back in November?
And he said it was the Township's money and you couldn't give it back?
"Indirectly", said Moore.
"I have to be careful with General Assistance Funds," she said.
In the pic: Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore's food pantry.