Food pantries across Johnson County serve a vital role in the local safety net of services.
One of the largest and longest running is the InterChurch Food Pantry. The past two years have been the busiest the food pantry has ever been. Last year, 33,712 people received food, down slightly from the 34,644 in 2011.
For most of that time, the director was Elaine Maurer, a Center Grove High School graduate, who assumed the volunteer position after graduating from Ball State University. Now she has stepped down to take another position.