With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to give back to the community and help out a family in need. The Starke County Food Pantry is asking for donations to help stock their shelves, and Rhonda Overmyer at the pantry said they are most in need of shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap, canned tuna and soups, canned fruits and vegetables, box dinners similar to “Hamburger Helper” dinners, macaroni and cheese, and pancake mix and syrup.
The Starke County Food Pantry served 272 families in the month of December. That amounts to 855 people including 109 elderly patrons.
Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Joan Haugh said while the numbers haven’t been calculated, the donations were generous in December. December is a popular month for donations as it’s primarily the season for thinking of others and while this is great, Haugh said it’s important to donate throughout the rest of the year. More than 8000 pounds of food were distributed in December.
This Saturday, WKVI and Five Star are teaming up for another community event to help others in need. On Nov. 17, we will be broadcasting live from Five Star and taking donations to help stock the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry in our Third Annual Food Drive.
Joan Haugh, Community Services of Starke County executive director, is looking forward to the event.
The season of giving is on its way and the Starke County Food Pantry is once again receiving a decent amount of donations, but Community Services of Starke County Director Joan Haugh emphasized that their other programs are in need of help as well.
“People are so generous. They give to our food pantry, but they kinda forget we have these other needs too. In order for us to continue, we have to raise those dollars. I don’t know what we’d do without the generosity of individuals and agencies and businesses, and I can say the township trustees too; city of Knox, the county commissioners, they give us funds too which helps support our programs,” said Haugh.
The SCILL Center is definitely staying busy with events planned throughout the end of the year. This week, the center is hosting a Food For Friends Car Care Clinic, which Director Jerry Gurrado said serves a double purpose: it raises money for the Starke County Food Pantry and gives drivers the chance to have their vehicle checked out for free!
“It’s actually a pretty unique and very neat situation, where you can come in here to the SCILL Center any time between 8 o’clock and 4 p.m., central time, we put a diagnostic on your vehicle, run a complete check-up, we’ll top off the fluids, we’ll give you a checklist of whatever the necessity might be. And then you get the option of taking it to wherever your own dealership or garage is,” explained Gurrado.
The Starke County Food Pantry is in need of donations and a local business is helping in the effort.
Economy Auto Sales is donating $30 for each car sold in the month of September to the Starke County Food Pantry. In addition, owner George Mammarella will match any individual customer donations, either cash or food, up to $1,000.
Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Joan Haugh said that the shelves are bare and they are in need of peanut butter, canned items, vegetables, fruits, pancake mixes, soups and a variety of other necessity items. If you need more information, call 772-7070.
The Starke County Food Pantry is in desperate need of donations.
Community Services of Starke County Director Joan Haugh said they have not been able to order from the Northern Indiana Food Bank for two months and the shelves are bare.
Community Services of Starke County Program Director Cecilia Torres-Bowman says the food pantry has been doing a good job of holding its own this summer, thanks in part to regular donations from the community and the presence of mobile food pantries that have been visiting the area.
While there are no fundraisers planned for the immediate future, the food pantry’s shelves are fairly stocked thanks to regular donations. Torres-Bowman says the heat has also played a part in lowering demand from the pantry.
Another group has presented the Starke County Food Pantry with a generous donation.
The Bass Lake Lions Club is one of the many groups and individuals who have come forth to help the Community Services of Starke County’s food pantry. The Lions donated $500 plus canned food to the pantry on December 14th.
Close to 1,000 people gathered at Hensler’s Nursery near Hamlet for the second annual Pumpkin Drop Saturday afternoon.
The event this year was even bigger and better than the first. WKVI was on hand to broadcast the event and there was a new attraction this year; A pumpkin chucker that fired small pumpkins at a van some 100 yards away.
During the downturn in the economy, a lot of people are in need of the bare essentials. Over 250 families a month have depended on the Starke County Food Pantry to help feed their families.
Now Knox High School student, Taylor Kemble has stepped out, and on her own, put together a rummage sale to help buy food for the pantry.
“This year it will be at the Knox United Methodist Church and it will be this Friday, September 30th, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,” said Kemble. “All proceeds will go toward the Starke County Food Pantry and all items will be $.50 unless otherwise marked.”
Donations will be accepted today from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Knox United Methodist Church.
Cecilia Torres, Services Coordinator at Community Services of Starke County, says the community has stepped up to the plate with donations to the Food Pantry.
Only three weeks ago, we were reporting that the Food Pantry had no food on the shelves and only one package of hot dogs was in the meat section.
Torres especially wanted to thank officials of the Starke County 4-H Fair Livestock Auction for directing bidders to the food pantry. A number of the winning bidders gave their purchases to the Food Pantry.
Cecilia said the bidders had turkeys, ducks and chickens dressed for distribution.
The Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry is running low on food items and Cecilia Torres, Services Coordinator at Community Services of Starke County, says now is the time to donate.
“Right now, we’re in dire need of food,” said Torres. “We have been serving over 250 families a month. As fast as we get food on the shelves, it goes right back out. In addition to regular canned goods and non-perishables, we could also use money. It’s been about every week or so that we’ve been ordering meat and it’s really adding up. We do need any help that we could possibly get.”
After a recent food drive, George Mammarella of Economy Auto Sales presented Community Services of Starke County Diector, Joan Haugh, with a cash and food donations of over $1,200 for the Starke County Food Pantry.