TOCO Textile Pantry
A Textile Pantry, What a Concept!
What if the concept of the textile pantry was as familiar as other social service concepts such as women’s’ shelters, summer camps, or food pantries?
A textile pantry is comparable to a food pantry, but for clothing and housewares. While keeping tons of textiles out of already saturated landfills, we start a movement across the nation to create local textile pantries providing shoes, clothing, and housewares to those who need it most in every neighborhood in every city, in every state.
The pantry also serves as a major function of reduce, reuse, recycle, or resale opportunity. Folks already recycle traditional textiles. Still, nearly all of those methods require a post-consumer waste manufacturing process to be recycled and reused. Let’s skip the energy needed to chemically transform the textile, and turn to a focus on transforming the textile without fossil fuel, or coal, or any energy investment at all;
Now set out on a mission to teach the youth about the importance of sustainable living and the importance of reduce, reuse, recycle, RESALE. And it starts here: at the TOCO Family Nonprofit and the TOCO Shop.
TOCO Pantry Supply Partners
Within our Bear Necessities Supply Drive. TOCO delivers textile pantry supply needs to partnering social service organizations such as The Violence Prevention Center, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Heartlinks Grief Center, Henry Raab School, Trinity UCC, The Christian Activity Center and many more.
Pantry Shoes, Clothing and Housewares
Through referrals from other social service agencies such as Chestnut Health Systems, Bethany Place, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House; local schools and churches Tapestry of Community Offerings provides thousands of items free of charge such as shoes, clothing, and housewares to families in our community who need it most.
Call our Textile Pantry Director Kara Moore (618-257-8626) for more information.
TOCO Shop is Open 5 Days a Week!
825 West Main in Belleville 618-257-TOCO (8626)
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Donations are accepted from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday- Saturday
TOCO is Closed: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day