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1,700 pounds of food delivered to food pantries

Lance Harrison loads bags of food into the back of a truck to take to the Community Sharing Food Pantry at 2140 Indiana Ave. Fayette County Community Voice and the Food Council collected over 1,700 pounds of food to be distributed to food pantries in Fayette County, and then dispersed to those in need in the community.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Fayette County Community Voices and the Food Council of Fayette County, collected 1,700 pounds of food and nearly $300 to give to the food pantries to distribute to the community in Fayette County Saturday.

The Food Council collected food donations at Walmart, Kroger, IGA and Save A Lot. The Food Council also received cash donations. These food items were distributed to food pantries at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 Central Ave., Saturday, so that these food pantries can deliver the foods to those in need in the community.

“The food and money will be used to help wipe out hunger in Fayette County,” Lea Ann Robinson, president of Fayette County Community Voices said.

Jason Spears, board president of The Shelter, a cooperative effort to provide Fayette County’s only homeless shelter and a community-driven resource center, brought in frozen meats from his employer, to donate to the food pantries around Fayette County. Spears is in the process of starting up a food hub in Connersville within the next month. 

“The Shelter provides food to locals who need it,” Spears said. “I bring frozen meats from my employer here to the food pantries, and we want to be able to start a food hub here in Connersville for these foods to distribute them.”

Besides meats, there were plenty of canned foods, boxed foods, and some household items.

Community Sharing Food Pantry came to collect food to give to over 300 households a month that they serve.

“Community Sharing has been doing this for over 30 years,” Lance Harrison, volunteer at Community Sharing, said. 

Community Sharing gives food to people on their first visit, but after that, they require proof of address, Harrison said. Community Sharing has income guidelines to follow in order to know how much food to give to people in the community.

If anyone still wants to donate food, food items can be dropped off at the Purdue Extension office in the Fayette County Courthouse basement, 401 Central Ave. Financial donations can be sent to Fayette County Community Voices, P.O. Box 928, Connersville, IN 47331 (mark for the Food Council on checks).