Fill the Food Pantries During Hunger Action Month

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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.

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Older Adults Invited to Pulaski County Human Services Picnic

Pulaski County Human ServicesOlder adults are invited to the Winamac Town Park today for the annual Pulaski County Human Services Senior Citizen Picnic. It takes place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the community building. Food and beverages will be provided. Blood pressure screenings will also be available. The documentary “Age of Champions” will be screened as well. The Pulaski County Human Services Von Tobel Center in Winamac and West Side Center in Medaryville will both be closed so staff members can attend the picnic, and home-delivered meals will not be provided.

Veterans Invited to Free Luncheon, Informational Program

 Veterans of all ages are invited to a free luncheon and informational session Friday, May 16 at Winamac VFW Post 1728 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Northwest Community Action Agency, North Central Community Action and Pulaski County Human Services, Inc. are sponsoring the program. Information about assistance programs, transportation, employment, older American, veterans and nutrition services will be shared. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is preparing lunch.

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Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry Distribution Planned in Monterey

 
 

The Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry returns to Pulaski County later this week. The truck will be at the Monterey United Methodist Church on Main Street Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m. EDT. Items are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to individuals who meet income guidelines and may include frozen meat, baked goods, vegetables, beverages, snacks and cereal. Participants are asked to bring a laundry basket or box to carry the food home. Continue reading

Additional Heating Help Available for Pulaski County Residents

 
 

Money is still available to help low income Pulaski County residents pay their winter heating bills.

The Energy Assistance Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to households that have not applied for aid yet during this heating season.

Funding is limited, and applications are taken by appointment only at the Pulaski County Human Services office. Call 574-946-6500, email pulaskipchs@embarqmail.com or stop by the office at 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac to schedule an appointment or to obtain additional information.

Food Finders Mobile Pantry to Distribute Food to Pulaski County

 
 
The Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry is once again headed to Winamac for their food giveaway day scheduled for Friday. Jan. 17, when the pantry will distribute a variety of food including fresh produce, an assortment of frozen items, essential non-perishable items, and breads to people in need.

The pantry will open at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St., on Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is available to those who meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

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WKVI Food Drive a Success, Hundreds of Pounds Raised

 
 
The WKVI food drive at Five Star in Knox and Sander’s Foods in Winamac was a success, raising several hundred pounds of food and for both the Pulaski County and Starke County food pantries, as well as a significant amount of monetary donations.

Joan Haugh at Community Services of Starke County said she was pleased with the result of the food drive at Five Star. Donors put forth more than $270 to go toward the food pantry, and Five Star also made a $500 donation. A total of 166 pounds of food were raised at Five Star for the food pantry, and Haugh said it will go a long way.

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Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry Returns to Winamac

 
 
The Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry is once again headed to Winamac for their food giveaway day. The pantry will open at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St., on Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., offering a variety of items including frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks and cereal. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is available to those who meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

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Applications for Energy Assistance to Be Accepted Monday

 
 
LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke County residents can being applying for the Energy Assistance Program on Monday, Nov. 4.

Pre-application packets were mailed to elderly, disabled and at-risk households in September that were approved in last year’s program. Packets are to be returned with the necessary paperwork to complete the application process. If you are scheduled for disconnection or services have already been disconnected, call and schedule an appointment for assistance.

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Pulaski County CLASP Seeks Donations and Volunteers

 The Pulaski County Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project is getting ready to make the holiday season merry for families in need throughout the community. It includes area churches, service organizations, individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies and businesses who head up the annual toy store, clothing and food box distribution through Pulaski County Human Services. Right now they’re looking for donations of new toys and clothing and items for the holiday food baskets. Volunteers are also needed. Call 574-946-6500 and ask for Midge or Jacki if you would like to help out. Registration is also open for anyone who would like to receive food, toys and clothing this holiday season. Sign up through Dec. 4 at Pulaski County Human Services, 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac.

Food Donations are Accepted for Holiday Food Bags at PCHS

 Officials with the annual Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project, or CLASP, is asking for your help in assisting your neighbors in need this holiday season.

The collection of specific food items to place in holiday food bags is going on now. If you wish to donate food for the holiday food bags, you may drop off instant potatoes, stuffing, cake mix, pudding green beans, mushroom soup, rolls and hams at the Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS) building in Winamac. Food donations should be made by Dec. 10 so all food items are available for distribution the week of Dec. 10.

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Pulaski County Human Services Recruiting Tax Prep Volunteer

 
 

With tax season coming up soon, Northwest Indiana Community Action is looking to once again hold their Asset Building Campaign, a program aiming to help prepare and file taxes for low-income families. Jackie Frain with Pulaski County Human Services explained the program not only benefits the low-income families by helping them afford winter coats, pay utility bills and even save for homeownership, it also benefits the community as a whole.

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Food Finders Mobile Pantry Returning to Winamac

 
 
The Food Finders Mobile Pantry food giveaway day is set for Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. ET at the Pulaski County Human Services building in Winamac.

Free food will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. You are encouraged to bring a laundry basket or box to carry food home. Frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks and cereal are just a few of the items that will be given out.

You must meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines in order for you to qualify. For more information on those guidelines, call (765) 471-0062 or visit www.Food-Finders.org.

Donations Needed at Pulaski County Food Pantry

 
 
The Pulaski County Food Pantry is in need of donations.

You are encouraged to drop off canned goods, boxed foods and toiletries to the food pantry at any time during their regular business hours. They are in desperate need of canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, spaghetti noodles, any type of noodles, rice, crackers, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, toilet paper, dish soap, deodorant, liquid laundry soap, and Kleenex.

Deliver your donation to the Pulaski County Human Services building at 115 W. Pearl Street in Winamac. The staff will be able to assist you from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by appointment.

Pulaski County Food Pantry in Need of Items

Jackie Frain
Jackie Frain
Pulaski County Human Services has announced that the organization is need of a number of items in order to continue providing food to the community. Jackie Frain, director of PCHS, said the county-wide food pantry is part of its Helping Other People Everyday service, or HOPE, and is in need of canned fruit, jelly, peanut butter, bottled juice, powdered milk, break, canned vegetables, butter, margarine, eggs and cereal.

In addition, they are also looking for non-food items such as toothpaste, shampoo, laundry soap and diapers – items that are needed by the people they serve throughout the community.

To make a donation, bring your items to 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac. Frain said she thanks donors and supporters on behalf of those who benefit from the donations.

Pulaski, Starke Agencies Offer Free Devices for Low Vision Residents

Community Services of Starke County
Community Services of Starke County

Pulaski and Starke residents over the age of 55 who suffer from low vision and would like to receive assistive devices are encouraged to contact Pulaski County Human Services or Community Services of Starke County to receive free assistive devices. Jackie Frain, director of Pulaski County Human Services, told WKVI that they are offering a program for those with low vision to provide them with the devices, assisting them in staying independent in their homes.

“This is a very special opportunity for up to 20 individuals who are 55 or older by June 28 to participate in a minor assessment, mostly demographic information, and to receive an assistive device to help them stay independent in their home, such as magnifying glasses that are appropriate for their need or check-writers or talking alarm clocks – things that can just help them stay in their homes,” said Frain.

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