Emergency Food Distribution Next Week At Fairgrounds

Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank will be distributing pre-packaged food to individuals facing food insecurity Thursday, October 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Parke County Fairgrounds

Across west central Indiana, thousands of people are newly at risk of experiencing food insecurity, alongside those who were experiencing food insecurity before the COVID-19 crisis began. Research available through Feeding America, the national food bank network, indicates that food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, could reach as high as 20% in west central Indiana. That means more than 52,000 individuals now lack access to enough nutritious food to lead a healthy active lifestyle, an increase of 36% from the data prior to COVID-19.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to Parke County again,” stated Mindy Duckett, Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension-Parke County. “We have ordered even more boxes for distribution this time and will be able to serve approximately 1,200 households. There is a limit of two households per vehicle”

Pre-packaged boxes of food with items such as fresh produce, dry packaged goods and refrigerated items will be distributed.

This is a Drive-thru pantry. In order to serve the community in the safest way possible, please remain in your vehicle. Vehicles should approach the fairgrounds heading north on B’dale Road and enter on 4-H Road. Prepacked food will be loaded into each vehicle.

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