Since March, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana has hit the road one day each week delivering nutritious food directly to those in need in a pre-selected community in Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall or Starke counties.
Fresh perishable items (dairy, grains, produce and protein) and dry goods are offered free of charge to northern Indiana residents. The Food Bank’s mobile pantry team set up tables at pre-scheduled locations where people can “shop” and select items that best meet their needs.
The pantries are first come, first served for those in need of food assistance. Mobile Pantry patrons must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license or Indiana ID) and are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport their items home.
Mobile food pantries serve approximately 300 households during a two-hour time period.
The Food Bank’s mobile food pantries program has been funded in part by the inaugural Darden Restaurant Community Grants Program.
The local mobile food pantry will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 18, at God’s Highway to Heaven Church, 555 Weber St., Warsaw. Those planning to attend must bring their own bags or boxes to carry the food.
Other area mobile food pantries are set for 10 a.m. to noon on the following days and locations:
- Thursday, Sept. 13, at the First Pentecostal Church, 509 S. Roosevelt Road, Knox, Ind.
- Thursday, Sept. 20, at Argos United Methodist Church, 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, Ind.
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at River of Life Community Church, 2626 Prairie St., Elkhart, Ind.
- Friday, Sept. 28, High Praise Ministries, 3901 N. 675 W., Michigan City, Ind.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph counties and is a member of Feeding America and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.