Community Services of Starke County Program Director Cecilia Torres-Bowman says the food pantry has been doing a good job of holding its own this summer, thanks in part to regular donations from the community and the presence of mobile food pantries that have been visiting the area.
While there are no fundraisers planned for the immediate future, the food pantry’s shelves are fairly stocked thanks to regular donations. Torres-Bowman says the heat has also played a part in lowering demand from the pantry.
“It was very slow last week and the beginning of this week, and now it’s just starting to pick up a little bit. So I think a lot of them are staying out of the heat,” she said.
Torres-Bowman says the mobile food pantries have alleviated some of the burden placed on the organization by offering an alternative location to find assistance, and she said one such pantry will actually be available today at the First Pentecostal Church in Knox from 10 a.m. to noon.