Summer is nearly over. Kids are back to school, fall sports are in full swing and all seems quaint in Posey County. That is everywhere but the Mt. Vernon Food Pantry. The pantry took a severe hit over the summer months. Donations were at a three year low, both in food and monetarily. Usage was high, with kids being home for summer it is always a busy time. Between low donations and high use, the shelves are all but bare. We now have biscuit mix in place of the usual cereal, pancake mix and oatmeal in our breakfast area. We have had to cut back even further on what each family gets, which is always a last resort for us. Purchasing has all but halted in our corner of the building.
We are asking for the help of the community to bring donations up. There are many individuals, churches and businesses in our area ready and willing to help. Just this past weekend, the Posey County Co-Op generously volunteered to run a booth for us at River Days. They covered our expenses, provided manpower and gave us all the proceeds plus some. It was this type of generosity that reminds me that all we need to do is ask, and people will step up and help.
So I am asking now. We can use any non-perishable food items. We are low on everything, but here are a few items we use and need the most: cereal, oatmeal, canned fruit and veggies, tuna, pasta, peanut butter, rice, helper meals and canned pasta. Consider having a drive at work. Go around your neighborhood and collect. Ask your club or sports organization to have a fundraiser. Or simply swing by with a couple of items. No donation is too small, it all helps. Items can be brought to the Mt. Vernon Food Pantry, located at entrance #2 of Hedges Central on Canal Street. We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am - 12 pm and Friday 3 - 6 pm.
Don’t have time to gather a bunch of things to donate? Consider a monetary donation. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 228, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 or brought in during business hours. All food and monetary donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be sent with an address included in your donation. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 838-3841.
The Mt. Vernon Food Pantry served over 500 individuals on a consistent basis each month, all members of your community. Please consider reaching out and helping those who need some emergency help feeding their families from time to time. Our clients are always very grateful for whatever we can give, but we hope to bounce back and be able to provide the full amount of items we typically do. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide, even if it is simply spreading the word to let others know of the need.