The holidays tend to bring out the humanitarian in all of us but it is important to remember that people are in need all year round. Continue reading
September is hunger action month. It’s a time to help fellow community members who are hungry.
One in five children go hungry everyday and more older adults are utilizing food pantries for their needs. Volunteers at area food pantries are doing what they can to assist families in times of need and the best way you can help is to donate.
Both food pantries in Starke County and in Pulaski County are in need of canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables, boxed cereals, pancake mixes, syrup, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and pasta and sauces. Other items needed include toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers, feminine products, dish soap, laundry soap, and body soap.
The cupboards are bare at the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry. They are in need of canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese dinners, pancake mix, spaghetti noodles and all varieties of breakfast cereals. Continue reading
Officials say that peanut butter is needed along with macaroni and cheese. Any other food donation would also be accepted, but those are things that are needed the most.
It’s time once again to rally together in support of Community Services of Starke County, helping them in their endeavor as they serve more than one-fifth of the county’s populations with their various services. Nearly 1000 families per month visit the food pantry, while 823 people utilize transportation regularly each month. More than 700 families sign up for energy assistance and many more make use of other services offered by the organization.
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.
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 Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry considers itself blessed by all the generous donations from the community, but Director Joan Haugh says keeping the pantry stocked with food is an ongoing struggle and, as always, they need donations of paper products, dish soap, laundry detergent, and shampoo– things that cannot be purchased with food stamps.
With the holiday rush behind them, the shelves at the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry are still fairly stocked. Joan Haugh, Director of Community Services of Starke County, told WKVI that their abundance of food is due in part to people with the holiday spirit.
The Community Services of Starke County was recently chosen Agency of the Year.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana recently presented a plaque to Community Services of Starke County Program Coordinator, Cecilia Torres-Bowman.
Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry currently serves over 250 families a month, a huge jump from serving 150 families in January of 2010. The pantry has matched the government commodities by 240% in 2011 and has been able to operate the food pantry through the generous donation of time and labor from volunteers.
The Second Annual WKVI Great Pumpkin Drop has filled the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry, for now.
We asked Cecilia Torres-Bowman, Services Coordinator at the Starke County Food Pantry if she could use all of the food brought to the location.
The Pulaski County Health Department is teaming up with Pulaski County Human Services to fight hunger this holiday season.
If you bring a non-perishable food item to the Pulaski County Health Department, you will receive $3.00 off for each child administration fee for vaccines now through November 30th. A non-perishable food item is needed for each vaccine the child is receiving to be discounted at the time of your appointment.
Country music fans, especially of the Bluegrass persuasion, turned out Friday night for Mayor Rick Chamber’s Bluegrass Jam at the Knox Community Center.
Mayor Chambers said the event gives musicians, and fans alike a chance to get out and enjoy their music of choice.
“We had a great turnout as usual,” said Mayor Rick Chambers. “We had about 270 people here. We had donations for the Food Pantry and my pickup truck is full of food. We probably have 700 or 800 pounds of food. It’s a really great turnout. We hold these events about twice a year and we’d like to do more, but the Community Center is usually rented out, so we do one in early spring and late fall.”
The Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry is in need of donations.
“Our shelves are just about bare, there’s nothing on them,” said Cecilia Torres, Services Coordinator. “More and more people are turning to the Food Pantry and donations are down. We receive no government subsidies at all except for commodities and we haven’t received those in almost three months. We get our food from churches, organizations, and individuals who open up their pocketbooks and their hearts to us. We’ve gotten a few dollar donations but we’ve been spending over $1,200 a month on meat alone. Right now I have a couple of packages of hot dogs and that’s it.”
The food pantry at Community Services of Starke County is getting dangerously low of products. Joan Haugh, the Executive Director of Community Services, said the need is even greater now than at this time in previous years.
Knox Mayor, Rick Chambers, delivered 233 pounds of food to the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry last week after a food drive at Knox City Hall.
A big thank you goes out to many people from the Knox Kiwanis Club. President, Todd Wallsmith, was in Wednesday to thank Knox Community Schools, Knox High School teachers, Dean’s Food of Rochester, the Knox Center Township Fire Department Auxiliary, Community Services of Starke County, the SCILL Center, and members of the Kiwanis, among others.
Throughout the month, we’ve mentioned the wonderful efforts of local organizations that are lending a helping hand to the less fortunate. Among those organizations is Economy Auto in Knox and the business is conducting a food bank collection.
The Community Services of Starke County general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, December 16th at 8:30 a.m. CT at the facility. The public is invited to attend but only regular members will be entitled to vote on program plans and the Executive Board appointees for 2011.
Rose Acre Farms is among the twelve Indiana State Poultry Association members who have donated 108,000 pounds of Indiana poultry products for Hoosier food pantries. A donation ceremony took place Monday at the Statehouse outside the Lt. Governor’s office. This event has gone on for 63 years. There are more than 253,000 households in Indiana who rely on food pantries to feed their families. 108,000 pounds of poultry will feed approximately 200,000 people.