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Warrick Food Pantries Needing Support Through New Year

After being busy helping those in need over the holidays, food pantries in Warrick County are needing major assistance to keep their doors open in 2021. From volunteers able to donate their time to those able to drop off checks or non-perishable food items, all help is welcome.

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 6:09 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2020 3:48 PM

"There's families still hurting out there so there is a big need for the monies right now -- the donations,” said Jim Webb, president of Bread of Life Ministry.

Like many food pantries, the Bread of Life Ministry in Lynnville has picked up thousands of new mouths to feed this year.

But with $450,000 in operating costs -- unless they can keep donations and grant money coming in -- they will struggle to keep their doors open.

"We'd have to cut back on the food supply,” Webb said. “Which means we aren't able to get food out to the agencies -- the people in need."

While the drive-thru food pantry at Hemenway Church in Boonville is having a hard time with the increased demands of people needing food each week.

In just the last few weeks, -- they have gone from serving two hundred to four hundred people each month -- but the donations have stayed the same.

"We have a lot of people needing their bills to be paid,” said Shelley Voges, co-director at Hemenway Food Pantry. “They've got their shut-off notices -- our church does try to help as best we can. We're only limited to so much."

Having enough volunteers to help with the increased workload has also been an issue. At Bread of Life, they have gone from sixty volunteers down to 25 over the course of one year -- with the virus taking some of their lives.

"Two months ago we had it run through the building and we had one end up passing away from it," Webb said. "A lot of the volunteers just don't want to come up here with the pandemic."

Hemenway is also in dire need of more people willing to help.

"We have very few volunteers -- we have the same ones all the time," Voges said. "And you know -- they do get tired."

And with the New Year, the hope is these food pantries will get support to keep feeding those hungry.

"With 2021 coming -- the need is going to be just as great,” Webb said. “And the finances need to be there for that.”

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