We need these pie crusts, or boxed graham cracker crumbs, or jiffy Pie Crust mix, any will do. We need 1200 of them total. We are struggling to get them from our usual sources and we need them asap. If anyone can grab these from dollar stores or where ever and bring them over this week, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less
Many people have been telling me that they are NOT receiving their confirmation Emails. I have been saying "check spam" BUT today our Web Guru found the issue. Gmail was sticking peoples confirmations in quarantine. He has fixed the security issue and will be resending confirmations out tonight after 10pm. ... See MoreSee Less
This is something to consider given that we’re still in a pandemic situation.Don't forget to get your flu shot! IU Health Bloomington Community Health is hosting free flu shot clinics this fall. Here's how you can get your shot tomorrow: bit.ly/35hX89z... See MoreSee Less
This week Monday 10/26 - Halloween those coming for food are encouraged to bring your kids in costume ( you can wear a costume too! ) and we will be handing out candy, while supplies last. Let's have some fun and a little normalcy. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight was the first board meeting we have had since COVID started. I feel it was very productive! Please join me in welcoming our 4 new board members : Pam Davidson, Tina Gilliland , Carole Damon, and Kira Chavez ( representing the youth ). Welcome Ladies, thank you for helping us change the world! ... See MoreSee Less
From The Herald Times on 10/22/20: Pantry 279 and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington are partnering together this year to distribute Thanksgiving boxes to families in need.
According to organizer Cindy Chavez, Pantry 279 has outgrown its space at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellettsville and can no longer safely accommodate the anticipated traffic for the Thanksgiving box distribution. She anticipates there will be more than 2,000 families who will sign up to receive a box. Hoosier Hills Food Bank officials have offered space at the food bank, 2333 W. Industrial Park Drive in Bloomington, for this year’s Thanksgiving box distribution.
In addition, members of the Indiana National Guard will be on hand to help hand out the food.
Another change to the annual Thanksgiving box distribution is this year all the food items will be prepacked and picked up in a contactless drive-through method. People will be able to make a choice of the protein they receive: turkey, ham, chicken, vegetarian or peanut butter are the options Chavez hopes to provide. Distribution will be two days this year: Nov. 20 and 21.
In the past, Pantry 279 has distributed Thanksgiving boxes the weekend before the holiday, with the fixings needed for a family to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The number of boxes handed out each year has grown. Four years ago Pantry 279 volunteers distributed 907 boxes, estimated to feed more than 6,000 people, according to Chavez. Last year, the number of boxes grew to 1,200, estimated to feed more than 9,000 people.
“We are going to have many new people signing up for the box this year just so they can have some form of normalcy in their lives, in the children’s lives,” Chavez said in an email. “This year, this box is much more important than previous years.”
People can sign up at www.pantry279.org/thanksgiving, email email@example.com or call or text 812-606-1524 from noon to 11 p.m. There is also an opportunity to sign up to volunteer and donate either money or food for the remaining food items on the website. Volunteers are needed before distribution dates to help prepack boxes, make deliveries to homebound residents and help with the distribution.
Chavez said that due to the pandemic the pantry preordered the food items and will have to pay for them when they come in. That is why pantry officials are asking families, organizations and businesses to donate cash this year as opposed to donating food.
“Whatever you would have spent to donate food, send as a check or cash donation,” Chavez suggested.
Donations can also be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, @pantry279 on Venmo, mailed to Pantry 279, P.O. Box 312, Ellettsville, IN 47429 or brought to 501 E. Temperance St., Ellettsville.
Contact Ernest Rollins at 812-331-4357, email@example.com or @fromernestdesk. ... See MoreSee Less
With the weather getting cooler and wetter, the Pantry could use one of these shelters for our outdoor sign in to protect the volunteer and paperwork. If someone would like to purchase and donate one of these shelters it we would be greatly appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! I hope everyone gets to enjoy this last warm fall day before the temps drop. While you are enjoying it, please take a moment to think about your family and friends. You know the holidays are right around the corner. Now imagine that for the first time in your life, you can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner, or food at all for that matter. You have to choose between rent, electricity ( warmth ), and eating. You are canceling Thanksgiving dinner because you can't afford it, and not getting together with family and friends, not because of COVID, but because you don't want them to know you can't afford the food. You might have peanut butter this year. This is what so many families are facing this year. Due to COVID and the economy, people's savings is gone. They might have been lucky enough to restart working, but now at a pay cut or a fraction of the old hours. Many are still not working. How do you tell your kids there isn't going to be Thanksgiving this year? This is why the Thanksgiving box program is so needed and important, more so than ever this year. People, especially children, need some form of normality. This program helps to provide that. It delivers food, ability to get together with close family without embarrassment, dignity, and HOPE. With 2000 families at stake ( and honestly there will be more that need it ), we can't do this with out your help. Please consider making a cash donation so we can pay for the food orders that are starting to arrive and purchase turkeys and hams. Even a small donation means so much. Talk to others, start a challenge in your friend group or at work! Businesses can challenge each other! Make it fun, the rewards are so worth it. Donations can be made via Pay pal at firstname.lastname@example.org, VENMO @pantry279 mailed to Pantry 279 P.O. Box 312, Ellettsville, IN 47429 or brought to us at the Pantry at 501 E. Temperance, Ellettsville, IN. We can even come and pick it up if you call 812-606-1524. Thank you so very much to those who have donated already. I wish I could accurately tell you the gratefulness and appreciation that the families receiving these boxes express. Thank you again and please share! ... See MoreSee Less