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A fruitful harvest in Nappanee

October 24, 2012

City police, fire and Paramedic Emergency Medical Services members were out in full force, Oct. 16, collecting rations left on the curbside by Nappanee residents to benefit two local food pantries. Photo by Merrie Chapman

NAPPANEE — Residents throughout the city recently gave non-perishable items to help neighbors in need. The food drive was part of the annual “Rescue Harvest” hosted by the City of Nappanee.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 16, fire sirens sounded and collection for “Rescue Harvest” began. City leaders, workers, committee members, and other volunteers were seen walking alongside city vehicles down each city street collecting donation bags. Each year the City of Nappanee supplies “Rescue Harvest” bags one week before the scheduled collection date. Residents then fill the bags with non-perishable items to be divided between two local food pantries. One food pantry is located inside Nappanee Open Door, inside the Nappanee Train Depot, S.R. 19, two blocks south of U.S. 6. For hours and other details, contact Nappanee Open Door, 574-773-3820.
The second food pantry is found at Family Christian Development Center, 151 S. Locke St., Nappanee. The food pantry is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It closes from 12 to 1 p.m. each day during the staff lunch hour. Call 574-773-2149 for further details.
“We appreciate the outreach,” said pantry director Ken Woodcox. “It’s community helping community, and we are thankful for all contributions.”
Woodcox reports that an average of 100 families are helped thru the food pantry each week.
“That’s 7,000 pieces (of food supplies) per month,” said Woodcox.
All non-perishable food and household items are accepted. Items the pantry regularly runs low on include Spaghettios, breakfast cereals, heavy soups and stews, peanut butter and canned fruits and vegetables.
Less toilet paper and other household items are given out due to low numbers of donations in those areas. Individuals and organizations are invited to support their neighbors by contributing to the local food pantries.
“Rescue Harvest” began five years ago as a result of the national economic downturn. During that period many residents lost jobs, were laid off, or had work hours cut, all of which resulted in decreasing wages and desperate need of food supplies. The annual food drive will continue each fall. Proceeds always benefits local food pantries to help reach Nappanee residents in need.

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