Similarly, the Madison County Community Health Center suspended distribution on May 20. It distributes specifically produce, said Michael Casuscelli of the health center. The health center served about 380 families, amounting to about 1,000 people, at the last giveaway.
Casuscelli said, “All produce comes from them. We are partners with them in the distribution of the produce. The limited produce they now have does not allow them to keep the program anymore. They reached out to us and asked for help. We are completely dependent on their distribution; we do not bring in food or donations ourselves.”
Kean said there is no timetable set for the distribution to return.
“Wal-Mart in Gas City is our biggest supplier,” said Kean. “There is no way to predict the amount of food and produce we will have to distribute, because it depends on a variety of factors. We are struggling to get produce donations.”
Kean said some factors, such as bad weather and produce prices, play a role in the donations they receive. In addition, suppliers could be keeping closer monitoring of their inventories.
In response to the need, Casuscelli said that he and the Community Health Center have contacted other food suppliers but no arrangement has been set up.
“We don’t deal with bringing the food and produce in, but we do understand how important the distribution is to families in Madison County and want to help with the process. We have the volunteers and resources available to help a company like Second Harvest, but donations are low right now.”
Some food pantry sites don't rely solely on donations through Second Harvest Food Bank. The following agencies can order produce from Second Harvest when it's available: Alexandria Emergency Relief and Food Pantry, Anderson First Friends, Apostolic Lighthouse Church, Chesterfield Community Food Pantry, East Lynn Christian Church, Elwood Ministerial Association, Fifth Street United Methodist Church, Frankton Christian Church Food Pantry, Ingalls First United Methodist Church, Lapel Community Food Pantry, Markleville Town Hall, Operation Love Ministries, Park Place Community Center, Pendleton First United Methodist Church, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salvation Army Anderson, Second Harvest Tailgate Pantry and South Madison Christian Church.