A special meeting was called July 10 for the purpose of board members viewing the new food pantry located at St. Bernard Church. It is the building behind the church at the very back and is referred to as the K of C building. Carol Spencer provided the tour and answered questions regarding the move.

The new freezer was installed July 8, which was donated by the First United Methodist Church. A special thanks to the Methodist Church, Trinity Mission and St. Bernard staff for assisting with the move. The food pantry will accept donations during open hours, which are 3-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

A regular scheduled meeting took place July 18 at First United Methodist Church. Bud Arnold opened the meeting and Daryl Fry gave the prayer. Adam Phipps from St. Bernard’s Knights of Columbus attended. He provided updates regarding the FISH pantry building. 

The minutes from May 16 and July 10 were reviewed and approved as emailed.

William O’Neill, phone coordinator, tested the national helpline #211 and was able to get local information regarding available social services.

Linen Closet (Mid-May to Mid-July): Sixteen families representing 49 individuals were assisted, according to Barb VanArsdel, linen coordinator. Twin and queen fitted sheets are in great need for donation purposes. Also, new and gently used bath towels are needed. It was suggested that churches plan for a towel donation. 

Food Pantry: Carol Spencer reported in May, 308 clients representing 1,167 individuals, were assisted. In June, 218 clients representing 829 individuals were assisted. Donations of 3,645 pounds of food was received in May and 7,626.5 pounds of food was received in June, of which 5,783 pounds were received from the U.S. Postal Service.

Charlene Hall, food pantry volunteer, received the Zero Hero award from Kroger, which included a $1,000 award. The award represents zero hunger, zero waste and volunteerism.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at St. Bernard Church. Area churches are invited to send representatives to any of the meetings. For information, call 362-FISH. 

Clothing donation can be taken to the Presbyterian Church 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays. There is also a drop container in the alley behind the church. Food may be donated at the food pantry at 1306 E. Main St., during open hours. Linens may be donated at the First Baptist Church during the day. Monetary donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 261, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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