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.
Community Services of Starke County
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 Services of Starke County
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.
The Food Finders Mobile Pantry Truck is planning a stop in Winamac.
If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be able to pick up free frozen meat, beverages, snacks, baked goods, vegetables and cereal. You have to meet 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to participate.
Free food will be given away to those eligible on Friday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Pulaski County Human Services building in Winamac.
The Food Finders Mobile Pantry food giveaway day is set for that day. They will have frozen meat, baked goods, beverages, snacks, cereals and vegetables available for distribution on a first come, first served basis. You are encouraged to bring a laundry basket or box in order to carry food home.
More than 1,000 people will enjoy a happier holiday season after 45 Pulaski County volunteers distributed food bags, toys and gifts to those in need.
More than 300 households received assistance and more than 700 children were served in this total. Volunteers from Pulaski County Human Services, the Methodist Church in Winamac, Kiwanis members, Winamac High School Sunshine Girls, boys basketball team and Student Council, Winamac Boy Scouts, Head Start, Junior Leaders, and community members spent the day Saturday helping parents shop for toys and wrapped them for distribution.
A donation drive was held to gather toys for the children this year for the Toy Store at the Pulaski County Human Services building in Winamac. Jacki Frain from PCHS thanks all who helped and proved that Pulaski County is working to help bring the community together.
The Coordinated Local Assistance Project, coordinated by Pulaski County Human Services, will soon be distributing the donated items to families in need. Today is the last day the organization will take donations, and tomorrow, the Annual Toy Store food and gift distribution will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pulaski County Human Services building.
Individuals who only registered for a holiday food bag must pick them up by noon today at the PCHS Food Pantry, and families who are being served by ABATE today will receive all of their items at the ABATE party.
The Coordinated Local Assistance Project (CLASP), coordinated by Pulaski County Human Services, continues to collect new toy donations for the Toy Store which will open on Dec. 15. December 14 is the last day to donate toys.
This is the 16th year for this community effort supported by CLASP, and last year, 370 families received food, clothes or toys thanks to the giving spirit of the community.
Donations for the Toy Store in Pulaski County are now being accepted.
The Coordinated Local Assistance Project (CLASP) coordinated by Pulaski County Human Services is asking for new toy donation for the Toy Store which will be open on Dec. 15. The deadline by which to donate toys is Dec. 14.
The Summer Cool Program is being offered through Pulaski County Human Services, Inc. and the North Central Community Action Agencies.
The program provides an additional $65 toward an electric utility for those who signed up for the winter energy assistance program. New applications will be taken by appointment starting July 2. Air conditioners will be available on a first come, first served basis to current and new residents who are eligible. In order to receive this benefit, you must be financially eligible based on the income guidelines of the program, have a person living in your home who is elderly or disabled, or have a child under the age of six.
For more information, call (574) 946-6500 or toll-free at (877) 946-4211 and schedule an appointment. The Summer Cool Program ends Aug. 31.
Pulaski County Human Services, Inc., Northwest Indiana Community Action Agency, and Pulaski Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the Annual Health and Resource Fair today from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Following the fair, a senior citizen picnic in the park is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.
During the Health and Resource Fair at the Winamac Town Park Community Building, participants can receive free health screenings, information on housing, nutrition, services, finances, volunteering, health education, and employment, as well as in-home and long-term care options. Those are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Over 25 entities have reserved booth space to help address quality of life issues and door prizes will be given.
Pulaski County Human Services, Inc., Northwest Indiana Community Action Agency, and Pulaski Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the Annual Health and Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Following the fair, a senior citizen picnic in the park is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.
Pulaski County Human Services Director Jackie Frain recently approached the county commissioners humbly requesting funds to keep the organization afloat. Frain says that another budget cut is on its way in July, and they’re already struggling to stay above water. She said that her oganization has not requested money from the commissioners in eight years because they were previously able to raise funds and receive grants to cover what shortfalls they had, but with the additional budget cut on its way down, she fears the worst.
Although a commodities truck delivery is coming next week, the Pulaski County Human Service’s Food Pantry is in need of items that cannot be purchased with food stamps.
The pantry is in need of personal items, as well as shampoo, toiletries, childrens’ diapers, and laundry detergent, as well as a number of other items. According to Midge Mendiola of the pantry, they are stocked with meats and other food–though the organization has seen an increase in demand due to unemployment and the economy. With rising food prices, Mendiola explained, food stamps are being stretched thin.