The Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County Indiana
works to alleviate hunger in Johnson County.
Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
The Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County began seeing a surge in need the last four months of 2013 resulting in a 20% jump in people served. That increase has grown in the first 3 months of 2014 serving 27% more than the same period last year. This means more food going out the door. We’re able to do so because we’ve been blessed with food and monetary donations.
In order to best meet the needs of those we serve, we asked how we could better help them. They responded asking for milk, more meat and laundry detergent. That resulted in us finding a vendor for shelf milk, purchasing meat to provide an additional meat choice and seeking detergent donations. Clients have overwhelmingly appreciated these additions.
A client sent us a letter recently saying “I was there last Friday and what you provided is such a blessing. I wish to thank everyone who is involved in this program. May God bless you.”
The many churches who have been overwhelmingly generous these past several months. The Methodist Churches of Johnson County have an annual food drive with each church assigned a food item. The combined donations filled our bus! Hopewell Presbyterian Church generously purchased huge amounts of food as Main Street Market was closing. Youth at the Church of Latter Day Saints filled 40+ Easter baskets for families. And, Turning Point Church was extremely generous with their recent food drive. In addition, First Presbyterian Church of Franklin gets a “shout out” for their amazing recent monetary donation.
The Pantry is unique in being staffed totally by volunteers, no paid staff. A sign at the Pantry captures “Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.” We couldn’t do what we do without each and every one of our volunteers!
We are pleased to celebrate our volunteers at a Volunteer Social, Saturday, April 26, 1-3pm at Turning Point Church on U.S. Hwy 31, Franklin. Volunteers are invited for fellowship and refreshments. Our volunteers do awesome work, thank you!
Frequently, we’re asked what’s needed at the Pantry. At this time, we need:
- Beef stew
- Diapers- size 4,5,6 only
- Baby wipes
- A new vacuum cleaner (ours barely picks up anything)
Box Truck- In addition, we have initiated a search for a used box truck to replace our re-purposed Access bus. A box truck will allow us to pick up more food and load/unload in a much more efficient way. If you have a lead on a 20 ft. dock-height truck, please let us know. We’re also seeking donations to fund the purchase.
Our clients benefit from free vouchers to shop at the Lord’s Cupboard in Franklin. Donating to them or shopping there, helps those in need. Lord’s Cupboard is asking for household items & furniture (linens, dishes, tables, chairs, bookcases…). Their new location is Banta Street & Hwy 31 in Franklin.
Product re-packaging- Help by breaking down product such as laundry detergent, diapers or bulk breads into smaller packages for clients.
Bus/truck driver & Helper- Help by driving to food banks to pick up product. Helpers are also needed to load and unload.
Distribution table- Prepare orders for clients.
Gleaners Mobile Food Bank- Opportunity for groups or youth to serve on Thursday, May 22, 3-6pm.
People who would like to volunteer can do so via “contact us” or email us at email@example.com or call us at 317-736-5090.
2014 Dine-to-Donates are beginning March 17-18.
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