Rushville Republican

April 30, 2013

Gleaners Mobile Food Bank coming to Rush County

Manna Meal today

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — In cooperation with the Rush County Food Pantry (RCCA), the Gleaners Mobile Food Bank will be bringing a truck load of food to the Main Street Christian Church parking lot, 615 N. Main St., Rushville, on the first Monday of each month for distribution to local residents. The distribution will be made between 4 and 6 p.m. beginning May 6. Residents will need to bring their own containers (sacks or boxes) to put their food into.

The same procedures followed at the RCCA, will be utilized at the Gleaners Mobile Food Bank, including forming an organized line for the distributions.

Recognizing the growing demand for food to eat, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana brought a new model of mobile food pantries to supplement the efforts of food pantries across Rush County.

In addition, the April Manna Mission meal, sponsored by Main Street Christian Church, will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. today, April 30. The meal is served on the last Tuesday of the month in the downstairs dining room of the church to anyone who desires a hot meal. It is also available in carry-out. At this time the meal is not available through in-home delivery. The Manna Mission is a local ministry developed through an outreach study which began at Main Street Christian Church in late 2011.

The Manna Mission was developed to provide healthy, appetizing meals at no cost to those in our community who are in need and to provide a place of hospitality and companionship, regardless of faith.

The Manna Mission served its first meals Dec. 6, 2011, when eight people were served. The program is now entering in its second year and is serving approximately 200 meals each month.

Main Street Christian Church has an ideal set-up to be able to prepare and serve meals. The church recently installed a new kitchen and dining area with room for refrigeration, a separate ice-maker, freezer, and professional style ovens.

The church also has two large dining areas for seating guests with a separate door to the kitchen and dining area. There is also handicap access available with an elevator in the church that leads to the dining area.

The Manna Mission is sustained by compassionate and committed volunteers and by generous contributions and donations.

Rush County Community Assistance is a non-profit agency located at 109 E. Third St., Rushville, that exists to assist local families with emergency food needs through the food pantry. RCCA provides food to approximately three hundred Rush County families monthly. Clients are able to receive food assistance once a month. The center is opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on the second Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m.

Rush County churches, schools, and service organizations conduct food campaigns throughout the year to support this outreach. RCCA also receives grants from local industries, businesses, and services organizations that give support for operating expenses. Approximately seventy-five persons serve as volunteers who stock the shelves, assist clients on days the center is open, clean the facility, and who purchase additional perishable food items.

Gleaners continues to seek ways to help serve the more than 313,000 Hoosiers who are food insecure in our 21 county service area spanning central and southeastern Indiana that includes Rush County. The monthly mobile delivery from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning May 6 in the parking lot of Main Street Christian Church will aid in this effort.

Gleaners provides food and grocery items to more than 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and residential care centers, and IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, that feed people at no cost to the client.

Gleaners’ Mobile Pantry is a food pantry on wheels. During community distributions and natural disasters, they can take up to 10,000 pounds of food and critical grocery products directly to people in need. The Mobile Pantry is especially effective for fresh produce and frozen meat so that local pantries free up storage space.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980. They have grown as hunger has grown — fighting the crisis in central Indiana every step of the way. Gleaners mission is to lead the fight against hunger.

Ultimately, Gleaners reaches thousands of people who need assistance. They are the working poor, the unemployed, single parents and the elderly. They are the homeless, the disabled, the mentally ill. They are battered women, victims of disaster and helpless children. They are families, friends and neighbors throughout Indiana and here at home, in Rush County.



Melissa Conrad, 765-932-2222 ext. 107