As we begin a New Year, I would like to say THANK YOU to all our volunteers, local businesses and neighbors who donated their time, food and money this past year to help eliminate hunger in Posey County.
However, the need is still great for assistance from our community. The following items are needed the most: cereal, oatmeal, canned fruit and veggies, tuna, pasta, peanut butter, rice, helper meals and canned pasta. There are many ways to help. You can help by having a food drive. Consider having a drive at work, church functions or birthday parties. 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 as well as 2nd and 4th 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 serve 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. 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.
Here are some real success stories from families right here in our communities:
"My husband and I are in our 70's and live on a very tight fixed income. I have cancer and my husband sometimes goes without food to make sure I have what I need. The Mount Vernon Food Pantry has helped us out so many times, I can't even count. They are always friendly and quick to respond to my emails. Thanks you for all your help!"
"Our family is a blended one, together my husband and I have 6 children. I stay home with our children and my husband works 2 jobs to just keep the bills paid. Some months we are ok but more times than not we run out of food. The Mount Vernon Food Pantry has really been understanding and helpful. I never feel like they look down on us and are always very friendly. If it wasn't for them, my babies would go without food. The shopping layout is wonderful because my kids are picky eaters so I can pick out food they all like. God bless the volunteers of the Mount Vernon Food Pantry."
"A years ago, I found myself without food to eat. I am on disability and all the money I had went to bills and rent. A friend told me about the Mount Vernon Food Pantry. I was nervous at first to come but the nice ladies who worked there helped me feel at home. I will never forget the experience. Now, I have more money coming in so each week I take some food up to the Pantry to give back. I know I won't be able to repay the kindness shown to me but I want to pay forward if I can. Thanks!"