(MITCHELL) – A recent $5,000 grant from Hoosier Uplands is helping the Bread of Life Food Pantry.
The pantry is located at 815 Main Street in Mitchell and serves those in need in an area from the White River south of Bedford, to the Lost River, south of Orleans.
During 2018, the pantry served an average of 367 families each month, supporting a monthly average of 1383 individuals in those families. The pantry provided more than 160 tons of food during 2018. Officials say the numbers of those served has continued to grow about 10 percent per year over the last five years.
This grant will allow the pantry to air condition and insulate a produce holding area and help pay for a new freezer to hold more product and provide peanut butter each month for approximately a year.
The pantry is open Monday from 10 a.m. until Noon and Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and is available to those who fall below the 185 percent of the poverty level for their state.
Donations of canned or packaged food and household items (laundry detergent, hand soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.) are also accepted during business hours or by appointment. Cash donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase food from Hoosier Hills Food Bank or local grocery stores.