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July 30, 2008

9:40 p.m.: Area pantries not seeing food shortage

ANDERSON - Area food pantries that receive shipments from the East Central Indiana Chapter of Second Harvest Food Bank are not experiencing a food shortage from Second Harvest, despite reports that other east central Indiana food pantries lack the necessary supply.

“We’ve not had any problems,” said Joy Plummer, director of Operation Love, a food pantry in Anderson. “We haven’t had a shortage of where we had the money, and they didn’t have the food for a long time.”

The Salvation Army in Marion, also served by Second Harvest of East Central Indiana, reportedly closed its doors this week after running out of food, but Second Harvest Executive Director Lois Rockhill said her service actually has a good supply of food now.

“We’ve got a pretty large inventory right now,” she said. “Its been working pretty well. We’ve had really strong donations that we’ve been passing out as quickly as we get them in.”

Food pantries still could be running out of donations because of a lack of money or volunteers. Operation Love and other pantries supplied by Second Harvest must buy the food from the organization.

Some receive grants, but many times they survive on charity. Operation Love receives about the same amount of food from community and church donations as it does from Second Harvest, Plummer said.

“Our agencies also do their own fundraising and food drives,” Rockhill said. “As much as everybody does, there’s still more to be done. Pantries see more and more people coming through their doors, the price of food and gas is up; these are really taking a toll on people.”

Anderson’s First United Methodist Church uses Second Harvest to provide food for its Sunday dinners offered to the community. Started in 2004, the church has served 20,570 meals and hasn’t had a problem with supply shortage from Second Harvest, meal coordinator Bill Roesch said.

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