Non-Food Pantry's next distribution slated for Saturday at St. Andrew's

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Putnam County Non-Food Pantry, hosted by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will be distributing items from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, instead of the last Saturday of the month.

The date has been changed so it won't conflict with the Christmas Eve festivities.

In order to be eligible for receiving such items, persons must bring a food stamp card and proof of Putnam County residence.

Hot chocolate and other refreshments will be served during the distribution. Meanwhile, special Christmas bags with treats will be given to the children.

The Non-Food Pantry is a community project, supported by the Youth Philanthropic Group from the Putnam County Foundation and several local churches, as well as student organizations such as the local Girl Scouts and the interfaith interns from the DePauw University Center for Spiritual Life.

The effort has grown from serving 59 families per month to an average of 145 per month at present.

The poverty level in Putnam County has reportedly grown to more than 13 percent, and it is anticipated that number will hold the same or even continue to grow, Non-Food Pantry officials said.

Organizers would appreciate even more help from the community. Needed items include paper products, household cleaners, personal toiletry items and baby/toddler care items.

Donations can be received at the church office, 520 E. Seminary St., Greencastle, from Tuesday through Friday. Organizers will also pick up items.

Monetary donations are also welcome and allow organizers to purchase products at lower prices by buying in bulk.

Putnam County Non-Food Pantry contact persons include Mary Mountz, 655-2113; Joan Davis, 653-3445; Martha Rainbolt, 653-8060, and the St. Andrew's Church office, 653-3921

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