With the continued increased need, and the donations being down, we are majorly in need of FOOD. Thank you to Ellettsville Christian Church for the wonderful donation to purchase food! It has been ordered, but will be a couple of weeks until it arrives. In the mean time, ANY canned food or non perishable food would be amazing! Canned veggies and fruit, cereals, Peanut butter, soups, side dished, ramen, seriously anything is great!! We are physically there to take donations Sat 10-5, Mon, Tues, and Wed 10 - 6. We also have a large wooden drop box outside of our door in back with a swing door on the side. If you can't make it out and would prefer to make a cash donation, those can be made via Paypal ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), VENMO ( @pantry279 ) on our webpage www.pantry279.org or via snail mail Pantry 279 P.O. Box 312, Ellettsville, IN 47429. Thank you everyone!!! Please SHARE ... See MoreSee Less
Covid and the economy claimed another victim today, but they went out still serving the community. It's always sad to see another restaurant closing due to these hard times, doubly so when it is a family owned/ran business, plus one that is so incredibly tasty! Mike and Brooke made sure nothing went to waste though by donating ALL of the food and ingredients used to make their delicious creations to us today. It took 2 trips with our new van completely loaded down to get it all. Guests of the Pantry will be receiving this amazing bounty today and tomorrow. PLEASE , PLEASE give them some love during this difficult time. Thank you Mike and Brooke, family and staff for serving this community so well! ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday did NOT start as we had expected. It was one of those days where you tell you child to give Mommy a moment, cry for 10 min, and then regroup and head out. We came into soaked carpet in the room we use for an office/storage for diapers and food/breakroom and then promptly had a pallet of milk fall off the lift gate all over the parking lot. We knew it was going to be busy since we have been closed with weather and so many had been calling saying they had no food. This was not a time for extra things that needed dealt with RIGHT NOW. I am so very thankful to the extra volunteers who showed up to help, Nature's Link for sending their adult son and his friend ( they plowed some new spots for us and stayed all day to help ), the extra delivery drivers to pull off the 80+ deliveries, those wonderful people who sent amazing hot food for us to eat on the fly AND all the hot coco and coffee, and the regular crew for caffeinating up, digging in, and still making everything work with smiles. 233 families came thru for food, which was 763 individuals fed! We lost some diapers, a little bit of printer paper and a few boxes, but everything else was saved. Only a little milk was lost as well. I wish we could have cameras where people could watch all the time. Saturday was a true work hard, success show. I can't express enough thanks to all who came and helped make this possible. The reward was a couple of phone calls I received afterward where families were thanking us for the food they had received and saying how badly it was needed, a couple in tears.. Everyone yesterday deserves a good day of rest today! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Bloomington Elks 446 and their Exalted Ruler Jeff Robertson (pictured here) for the amazing grant they have given us to help buy food or whatever is needed! What a huge help!! ... See MoreSee Less
WE ARE OPEN! But we need help! There is a water issue and we need to have everything moved out of a room asap. If you can lift and can help please come anytime between now and 5, sooner the better. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less
Good News! We WILL be OPEN on SATURDAY 2/20/21 !! AND thanks to Hoosier Hills Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank, we have many wonderful things! At first I was worried we wouldn't have much, but food is food, but nope! these 2 stepped in and we will have lots! We will be open 2-5. YES it's going to be busy! Please do NOT stop in the highway but curve the line around IN FRONT of the monument place and thru the parking lot of the bank. For those asking What do we need? We need salt/ice melt! Food wise soups, crackers, hearty sides ( like rice, spagettios, chili ). It's going to be COLD, we would LOVE hot drinks for the volunteers, who will be there starting at 10am. Finally, we will need a few volunteers. WE WILL BE BUSY AND WE WILL HAVE A TRUCK TO UNLOAD IN THE MORNING STARTING AT 10.. Thank you and Please SHARE! See you Sat! ... See MoreSee Less
Glad I could help .just want to say everyone we go thru a lot to help get food box's out and when it cold out we don't have warm place to get in to like most do .and it been way to cold to get out and work in then we had this snow which when county in red we can't open up and we couldn't get cars in and out .we Volunteer are time to do this .I really hope everyone understands why we have not been open .thanks to the guys that help plow the drive again hope we can get thru sat .
It nice to pay it forward. And love work with you all .
Tammy White and Melanie Jennings even with the cold you girls make it fun and of course James
Meet Tammy and James! Many of you know James as the fun, joking guy who puts food in the car and smiles on your face. Tammy, his wife, prefers to stay behind the scenes are runs the freezers and back area for the Pantry. They show up everyday, usually earlier than anyone and work ALL day. To say both work their behinds off is an understatement. Tammy is extremely focused and digs her heels in and just makes sure the work gets done, no matter how much pain she is in, which is probably a lot with serious back injuries and a heart condition. Sometimes people say she comes off as stern, but she is just getting stuff done quickly and efficiently, but no one can question her strong desire to make sure the community has good, healthy food and meat. James loves to joke with everyone. It makes him the most happy when he knows he has cheered someone up. Opposite sides of the same super shiny coin! On a normal, non-weather week, these 2 put in upwards of 40-50 hours of work, all volunteer! Today, they took the truck to Indy to get some great food for Sat. distribution, like Breakfast burritos and cookie dough! Thurs they will come in again to unload the truck, we HOPE people show up to help with this so it doesn't take too long. Friday, James will take the truck to HHFB to get bread/bakery, and other yummy things for Sat. They have helped me turn this Sat, which was looking like a day we barely had anything to scrape together, into a great date filled with many yummy items! Next time you see them out or at Pantry, please be sure to let them know how greatly appreciated and valued they are. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you all for everything you do, we appreciate you all, James is a sweet guy🙂
Thank you all! We couldn't have survived without you!
Thank you both so much!!! James does put a smile on my face every time we see him!!!
Thank you for all you do for the community. May God bless you both!
These 2 people think about everyone else before themselves, been like this all their lives never asked for returns. This is my protector/brother/ cousin all in one. Tammy is a wonderful person who makes everyone happy. Thank you both for everything you both do. love you both
Thank you both and everyone else at pantry 279 me and my children are forever thankful 💚💙
Two wonderful people.
Thank you 💗
Thank you for your hard work. I know you help so many people ♥️
We appreciate you soooo much!
Thank you for all your hard work! ❤️
THANKS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH SWEETIES
Thank you 😊
What time today are you unloading the truck?
Than you for everyone's hard work.
Thank you for your service to others James and Tammy!
Appreciate all your sacrifice and work you all do!!🥰
Truly wonderful people
You guys are all so incredible!❤️❤️❤️
We love James!
Praise the lord for you two, wonderful souls🙏🥰
Thank you both so much! James my Grandkids Love coming to see you! You make them laugh and smile!
Love you Tammy and Jimmy..I miss you 😘 (((🤗))) Both have always had GOOD HEARTS ❤️❤️...