ANDERSON – Food distributions to the needy have been temporarily halted in parts of an eight-county region, including Madison County, due to a drop in donations, officials said Thursday.
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, which is the chief supplier in distributing food to the needy, made the decision after seeing a 60 percent drop in donations.
“We’re struggling to get produce donations. We have 110 agencies and programs in eight counties, and inventory has tightened up on us, so we can’t distribute produce that we don’t have,” said Tim Kean, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Kean said that the donations Second Harvest receives are down, leaving less food and produce to distribute.
“We’re struggling to get produce donations. We have 110 agencies and programs in eight counties, and inventory has tightened up on us, so we can’t distribute produce that we don’t have,” Kean said.
The Muncie-based food bank works with various distributors and agencies to obtain food and then send it out to local facilities in an eight-county region. Essentially, agencies such as the Madison County Community Health Center and the Anderson Impact Center distribute food items to areas in Madison County that Second Harvest cannot reach.
Recently, Second Harvest stopped distributions to the Community Health Center, 1547 Ohio Ave., and the Impact Center, 630 Nichol Ave.
“We were notified quite recently that our produce donations would be suspended until their inventory picked back up,” said Sherry Peak-Davis of the Anderson Impact Center.
Peak-Davis said Second Harvest provides produce for the center's food donations, so the temporary halt in produce has put the Impact Center in a tight spot. The center served about 400 people at its most recent giveaway.
However, Peak-Davis said there are other food giveaway sites in the area, such as Elwood Community Pantry, Chesterfield Community Pantry and the Lapel Community Pantry. Each of the giveaway sites are listed on a pamphlet at the Impact Center and do have produce when it is available to be ordered.