Mobile Food Pantry to be back
475 families receive help
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Nearly 19,000 pounds of food was distributed
to 475 needy families in Ripley County on Thursday last
week. Gleaner's Mobile Food Pantry from Indianapolis made
the food giveaway a reality with Bill Warren and his group
from the Ripley County Food Pantry making the connection.
People lined up early on Thursday with the line being continuous
until all the food was gone.
Wanda English Burnett
families had a little boost last week as Gleaners Mobile
Food Pantry of Indianapolis rolled into town with two big trucks
full of food.
The food was given free of charge and according to Bill Warren,
who runs the food pantry at Osgood, was free to all those receiving
Warren said 475 families were helped with a big box of groceries
that will help stretch their food dollars. Ive never
seen anything like it, he told the Osgood Journal.
People started lining up much earlier than the announced time
and the line continued until all the food - nearly 19,000 pounds
- was gone.
While the food was free, it did take lots of leg work
to get it here. Warren has worked tirelessly to help the people
of Ripley County get food. He applies for every grant he can,
researches every place that is an avenue to receive free or reduced
food that he can then give to others.
Warren gave praise to the many volunteers who help with the food
events each month and to those who came last Thursday, June 2
to help pass out food. I have many helpers. They are the
ones that make it go, he said.
Harold and Helen Ellinghausen are regular helpers at the food
pantry and were on hand for the big food giveaway last week. He
said he was thankful so many people could be helped.
The next big food giveaway will be held at the Batesville Primary
School on June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the west parking lot.
People are asked to bring boxes and bags to carry the food home.
According to Anne Baran of the Batesville Food Pantry, people
are welcome to come to the giveaway even if they have already
visited the Batesville pantry or other area mobile food pantries
already this month. Proxies will be accepted.
The Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry will be back in Osgood on
Thursday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pantry location.