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Letter: Food pantry success due to local generosity

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Carol Phipps and Shelia Morton

Co-pantry managers

Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County

To the editor:

At a time when we hear the call from Washington, D.C., to get Americans across the country engaged in serving their communities, we’ve been impressed with the can-do attitude of people in Johnson County.

We have approximately 200 volunteers over the course of a year who lend their time and talents to the InterChurch Food Pantry of Johnson County — some come daily, weekly or monthly, while others come for special projects. They do a range of work, including greeting clients, computer intake, filling orders, unloading, receiving and stocking product, serving on the board as well as group projects.

We also have organizations that offer to hold food drives across the community. Major food drives over the past several months included Amcor Corp., Ray Skillman Ford and Lambda Chi Alpha at Franklin College.

We’ve received very generous donations from companies and organizations including Heartland Bank, Franklin Rotary and the Elks of Franklin. We’ve been blessed with grants from foundations including Branigin Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation.

And, for our capital drive to install HVAC in our warehouse, we’ve had overwhelming support from Grace United Methodist Church, Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Greenwood and Heartland Machine & Engineering.

For the volunteers, food drives and numerous donations and grants, we are most appreciative. We also thank the Daily Journal for their reporting of the needs in our community that connect caring people with those in need. Finally, we appreciate the opportunity given us to serve our community and look forward to partnering with the community in the upcoming year.

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