In response to the Starke County Food Pantry’s need for donations, Demotte State Bank is holding a food drive at their Knox location to show their support for Community Services of Starke County’s most popular service. Community Services Director Joan Haugh told the Knox City Council in February that roughly 951 families per month visit the food pantry, and they need the help of the community to keep their shelves stocked.
Candice Miller of Demotte State Bank said the bank will be accepting donations during their regular business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
“I know that they always need the non-perishable foods, toiletries, things like that – they always need those. If they have any questions as to what they need the most, they can give the Starke County Community Services a call at 772-7070. We try to just ask for a general donation of all non-perishable, but if they are looking for specifics as to what they need they can contact them to find out,” Miller said.
Miller said the bank has received a decent amount of donations so far, but they can always use more.
Haugh said the pantry is in need of a variety of items, including spaghetti, macaroni and cheese and juices.
“The most important items people can donate to the food pantry would be peanut butter, cereal, fruits and vegetables, paper products, toilet tissue, soap – especially laundry soap or bar soap – and personal hygiene items, pancake mix, syrup, soups, tuna, that type of thing – something with substance,” Haugh said. “Any of those items would be greatly appreciated.”