Money is still available to help low income Pulaski County residents pay their winter heating bills.
The Energy Assistance Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to households that have not applied for aid yet during this heating season.
Funding is limited, and applications are taken by appointment only at the Pulaski County Human Services office. Call 574-946-6500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office at 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac to schedule an appointment or to obtain additional information.
The Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry is once again headed to Winamac for their food giveaway day scheduled for Friday. Jan. 17, when the pantry will distribute a variety of food including fresh produce, an assortment of frozen items, essential non-perishable items, and breads to people in need.
The pantry will open at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St., on Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is available to those who meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
The WKVI food drive at Five Star in Knox and Sander’s Foods in Winamac was a success, raising several hundred pounds of food and for both the Pulaski County and Starke County food pantries, as well as a significant amount of monetary donations.
Joan Haugh at Community Services of Starke County said she was pleased with the result of the food drive at Five Star. Donors put forth more than $270 to go toward the food pantry, and Five Star also made a $500 donation. A total of 166 pounds of food were raised at Five Star for the food pantry, and Haugh said it will go a long way.
The Food Finders Mobile Food Pantry is once again headed to Winamac for their food giveaway day. The pantry will open at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St., on Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., offering a variety of items including frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks and cereal. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and is available to those who meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke County residents can being applying for the Energy Assistance Program on Monday, Nov. 4.
Pre-application packets were mailed to elderly, disabled and at-risk households in September that were approved in last year’s program. Packets are to be returned with the necessary paperwork to complete the application process. If you are scheduled for disconnection or services have already been disconnected, call and schedule an appointment for assistance.
The Pulaski County Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project is getting ready to make the holiday season merry for families in need throughout the community. It includes area churches, service organizations, individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies and businesses who head up the annual toy store, clothing and food box distribution through Pulaski County Human Services. Right now they’re looking for donations of new toys and clothing and items for the holiday food baskets. Volunteers are also needed. Call 574-946-6500 and ask for Midge or Jacki if you would like to help out. Registration is also open for anyone who would like to receive food, toys and clothing this holiday season. Sign up through Dec. 4 at Pulaski County Human Services, 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac.
Officials with the annual Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project, or CLASP, is asking for your help in assisting your neighbors in need this holiday season.
The collection of specific food items to place in holiday food bags is going on now. If you wish to donate food for the holiday food bags, you may drop off instant potatoes, stuffing, cake mix, pudding green beans, mushroom soup, rolls and hams at the Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS) building in Winamac. Food donations should be made by Dec. 10 so all food items are available for distribution the week of Dec. 10.
With tax season coming up soon, Northwest Indiana Community Action is looking to once again hold their Asset Building Campaign, a program aiming to help prepare and file taxes for low-income families. Jackie Frain with Pulaski County Human Services explained the program not only benefits the low-income families by helping them afford winter coats, pay utility bills and even save for homeownership, it also benefits the community as a whole.
With the weather soon to cool off and the bitter chill of winter quickly approaching, winter heating assistance programs are gearing up to lend a helping hand to keep families warm this winter. Rhonda Overmyer, program coordinator at Community Services of Starke County, said it’s easy to sign up if you qualify for the program.
The Food Finders Mobile Pantry food giveaway day is set for Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. ET at the Pulaski County Human Services building in Winamac.
Free food will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. You are encouraged to bring a laundry basket or box to carry food home. Frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks and cereal are just a few of the items that will be given out.
You must meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines in order for you to qualify. For more information on those guidelines, call (765) 471-0062 or visit www.Food-Finders.org.
The Pulaski County Food Pantry is in need of donations.
You are encouraged to drop off canned goods, boxed foods and toiletries to the food pantry at any time during their regular business hours. They are in desperate need of canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, spaghetti noodles, any type of noodles, rice, crackers, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, toilet paper, dish soap, deodorant, liquid laundry soap, and Kleenex.
Deliver your donation to the Pulaski County Human Services building at 115 W. Pearl Street in Winamac. The staff will be able to assist you from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. The food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by appointment.
Pulaski County Human Services has announced that the organization is need of a number of items in order to continue providing food to the community. Jackie Frain, director of PCHS, said the county-wide food pantry is part of its Helping Other People Everyday service, or HOPE, and is in need of canned fruit, jelly, peanut butter, bottled juice, powdered milk, break, canned vegetables, butter, margarine, eggs and cereal.
In addition, they are also looking for non-food items such as toothpaste, shampoo, laundry soap and diapers – items that are needed by the people they serve throughout the community.
To make a donation, bring your items to 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac. Frain said she thanks donors and supporters on behalf of those who benefit from the donations.
Pulaski and Starke residents over the age of 55 who suffer from low vision and would like to receive assistive devices are encouraged to contact Pulaski County Human Services or Community Services of Starke County to receive free assistive devices. Jackie Frain, director of Pulaski County Human Services, told WKVI that they are offering a program for those with low vision to provide them with the devices, assisting them in staying independent in their homes.
“This is a very special opportunity for up to 20 individuals who are 55 or older by June 28 to participate in a minor assessment, mostly demographic information, and to receive an assistive device to help them stay independent in their home, such as magnifying glasses that are appropriate for their need or check-writers or talking alarm clocks – things that can just help them stay in their homes,” said Frain.
Pulaski County Human Services and North Central Community Action Agencies are teaming up once again to start the Summer Cool Program beginning June 3, when the organizations will provide an additional $75 to go toward the household’s electric utility bill that signed up during the winter for regular energy assistance. The only requirement for qualification is that all currently approved households from the winter assistance program bring in a current utility bill if they’ve moved or changed the name on the bill, the electric vendor or the account number.
Community service organizations throughout the area are celebrating Older Americans Month throughout the month of May, and Pulaski County Human Services as well as Community Services of Starke County have events planned to recognize older Americans and their impacts on the community. Joan Haugh, director of Community Services of Starke County, said the month honors seniors and makes an effort to inform them of the services available for their aid.
“As most people know, May has always been known as Older Americans Month, and this probably started way back in 1965, and it is just an opportunity to recognize seniors for all the value that they give to our community and try and make sure they realize where services that can improve their lives,” said Haugh.
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but the Food Finders Mobile Pantry is seeking to change that with their Food Give Away Day on Friday, April 5. The event will take place at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St. in Winamac at 11 a.m., where the Food Finders Food Bank will distribute food on a first-come, first-served basis.
Items to be distributed include frozen meat, beverages, snacks, cereal, vegetables, and baked goods, and the program is available to those who meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a household of one, monthly income cannot exceed $1723 and annual income cannot exceed $20,665; for a household of two, monthly income cannot exceed $2333 or $27,991 annually; households of three, $2944 monthly or $35,317 annually. For larger households, add $611 per month for each additional household member.
The weather might yet be cold, but you don’t have to be. North Central Community Action Agencies continues to accept applications to help low-income households pay their home heating bills. Any household that has not yet received assistance this heating season should call the agency and request additional information or schedule an appointment.
The Food Finders Food Bank is sponsoring a Food Give Away Day on Friday, March 8 in Winamac. The Food Finders Mobile Pantry will be stopping by Pulaski County Human Services at 115 W. Pearl St. at 11 a.m., and will be giving away food on a first-come, first-served basis.
Possible items to be distributed include frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, vegetables, snacks, and cereal, and the organization is requesting that participants bring a laundry basket or box in which to carry the food home.
The Food Finders Mobile Pantry Truck will be in Winamac tomorrow morning at the Pulaski County Human Services Building at 11 a.m. ET.
If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be able to pick up free frozen meat, beverages, snacks, baked goods, vegetables and cereal on a first come, first served basis. You have to meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to participate.
If you need more information, call Pulaski County Human Services at (574) 946-6500 or the Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. at (765) 471-0062.