Food Finders Food Bank serving over 700 households with drive-thru pantry

Food Finders Food Bank is going on its second month operating a drive-thru style food pantry for the community. News 18 spoke with some of the clients today about the impact it's having on their lives.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 3:50 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 4:18 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—"I feel like this is essential for our community,” said Dibbie Brinson.

In the past five weeks, Food Finders Food Bank has provided thousands of meals for local residents.

"There's so many people that are going through really hard times right now,” said Brinson.

As News 18 previously reported Food Finders Food Bank launched its drive-thru pantry on March 17th. Since then it has provided hundreds of meals to more than 700 households. For Dibbie Brinson it was first time.

"It's a very sad time in our community,” said Brinson. “It's a very scary time for us. It's great though to see people in the community come together and help each other out as best we can."

Brinson said the best part about the food she receives from Food Finders Food Bank is that it's healthy and eating healthy as a family can be expensive.

"Very grateful,” said Brinson. “I had first apple Tuesday that I've had in months. Without this we wouldn't get the healthy foods that we need."

According to Food Finders Food Bank over 6,000  households were served food in the last five weeks. This month alone the organization is serving 52% more households per day than in April of 2019. For returning clients such as military veteran Terry Zollman, he's counted on this help.

"It has really helped me since I can't work and I am disabled and it has really helped me on a fixed income it does help a lot,” said Zollman.

Zollman said receiving this kind of help gets him through, especially during this time.

"Without this I would not be able to survive with what I get every month with my bills and everything,” said Zollman. “It has helped me dramatically, it has really helped me."

Food Finders Food Bank is also offering a mobile drive thru pantry to its surrounding counties. You can find a list of dates, times and counties here.

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