The Lapel Community Food Pantry currently feeds around 100 families each month and is in dire need of donations of food or money to help provide for those people that need it.
Diane Mendenhal, who is heavily involved in the Food Pantry recently sent out this letter as a rallying cry for help.
The Lapel Community Food Pantry has seen a significant drop in monetary donations during the summer. We have operating costs of over $600 per month not including food costs. We strive to maintain an inventory of nutritious items, but are finding it more and more difficult to keep the basics in stock. We have always tried to have milk, eggs, margarine, bread and cheese available for everyone, but this is becoming more of a problem as we are seeing new families registering each week.
So this is a plea for anyone concerned with hunger in our community--please prayerfully consider how you can help the pantry continue to meet the needs of the less fortunate. We'll always take food donations, but monetary donations are most helpful. We are strictly a volunteer operation, donations go solely toward maintenance costs and food purchases. Anyone wishing to donate can drop by the pantry during open hours--2nd & 4th Fridays & every Saturday from 9am-noon or mail to: Lapel Community Food Pantry PO Box 626, Lapel, IN 46051 (Tax receipts available upon request). We also invite anyone who would like to volunteer at the pantry to contact me at the Ford St. UMC church office--534-3314.
Thanks to all for taking the time to read this post!.....Diane
As well as being one of the poorer counties in Indiana (due in part to the loss of many manufacturing jobs after companies like GM closed shop and moved away), Madison County is also statistically ranked as one of the unhealthiest as well. In one survey ranking the overall health of Madison County residents from 2013 we ranked 80th out of 92 counties.
The US Media seems to take great pride in telling us on a weekly basis that unemployment is down and that the economic recovery is in full swing, unfortunately it may take a lot of time before that effect trickles down to many of us and the economy truly improves to pre 2008 levels.
This is why it is important that services like the Lapel Community Food Pantry receive adequate donations to help reverse a trend in healthy eating and try to give those who are down on their luck and in need of a helping hand the chance to bounce back.
The news is not all bad as the Lapel Community Association recently approved donating $500 to the Lapel Food Pantry.
If you can help, please do so!
You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.