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October 14, 2012

Food pantries see more people in need

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DANVILLE —

A third pantry on the other side of town has to implement some creative thinking when it comes to helping those in need.

Sharon Sawka, social service director of The Salvation Army, heads its food pantry.

She said people in the community step up when they realize there is a need.

“If (demand) keeps coming in strong, (our stock) could be something that we are going to have to think even more about, especially since we cannot put the word out until Nov. 1.”

Sawka said right now The Salvation Army, a United Way agency, cannot ask for donations because of the current United Way blackout period.

But Sawka added that active “food-raising” for The Salvation Army usually starts around Christmastime.

The Salvation Army also works with the Danville Area Food Pantry so that one of them is open each day of the week. And on Thursday, for the first time, The Salvation Army started handing out food during a later timeslot. Every second Thursday of the month the pantry will now be open from 6-7 p.m.

Besides its new monthly Thursday hours, The Salvation Army food pantry is open weekly from 1:30-3:30 Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Danville Area Food Pantry is open from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The St. James Food Pantry opens its doors at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. The pantry starts giving out food from 5-7 p.m. Next dates are: Oct. 17 and Nov. 28 (the fourth Wednesday due to Thanksgiving). The St. James pantry will not give out food in December.

Individuals can collect food monthly at the St. James Food Pantry by providing their ID and household size. They must also sign a form stating they meet income requirements, an income of at least 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

At the Danville Area Food Pantry, patrons must provide a picture ID and proof of address showing they live in Vermilion County or western Indiana. They must also provide IDs and/or social security cards of each member in their household. People can use the particular pantry every 60 days.

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