The Starke County Food Pantry is once again asking for the community to show their support for those less fortunate by donating any number of items to the pantry, alleviating some of the stress for low-income Starke County families who may have a hard time getting food on the table. In February, Organization Director Joan Haugh told the Knox City Council that the organization serves 21 percent of the county’s population through its various services: 951 families per month visit the food pantry, 823 people utilize transportation monthly, 745 families signed up for energy assistance, and many more make use of other services offered by Community Services.
The most popular service offered by the organization, however, is in need of donations once again. Haugh said the food pantry desperately needs to fill its shelves with a variety of items.
“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.” (04-09-13 – Haugh – Would Be Greatly Appreciated)
First Farmers Bank and Trust in Knox, in a show of support for the food pantry and Community Services of Starke County, is operating as a drop-off location for the food pantry, accepting any and all donations – including cash donations. Other items that are needed are shampoo, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and juices.