Local blessings: Food available at area churches, pantries

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Wellspring Center offers food for those in need, as well as information on mental health and wellness classes and support groups.

HANCOCK COUNTY – Donations and volunteers are always welcome at local food banks in Hancock County, and there are several opportunities for those in need of warm meal or packaged dinner to get help.

From blessing boxes to food pantries, here’s a look at where to get something to eat locally and how to donate.

-Hancock County Food Food Pantry is located at 741 ½ S. Ind. 9, Greenfield and offers distribution of items each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Visit hancockcountyfoodpantry.com for hours or call 317-468-0273. Donations can be received on Mondays from 8-10 a.m. or during any of the regular food distribution hours. The website also provides a way for people to give; for every $1 donated, the food pantry is able to purchase $9 worth of food.

-Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, located at 202 E. Main St., Greenfield, offers lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and dinner 5-7 p.m. each weekday. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit kbmsk.org.

-Gleaners/MVCSC Food Bank provides a drive-through food pantry twice a month at Mt. Vernon High School, 8112 N. 200 W., Fortville. The pantry is available to Mt. Vernon district residents only. Upcoming dates are 9-11 a.m. Feb. 14, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m. March 7 and 4-6 p.m. March 28. Cars should line up at Door 20 for boxes of dry, non-perishable food, meats and more. Visit mvcsc.k12.in.us/community for more information.

-Wellspring Center, located in Brandywine Community Church, offers nonperishable food and fresh and frozen items, as well as seasonal items from a community garden. The center, 1551 E. New Road, Greenfield, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Those who want to donate can drop off items during those hours; nonperishable items can be dropped off any day during office hours in baskets at either doorway of the church. For more, visit wellspringind.org, call 317-462-2015 or email [email protected]. Monetary donations can be made through brandywinechurch.org/give.

-Several other local churches have food pantries and community meals, including St. John United Church of Christ with a free community meal at 5 p.m. the third Thursday of the month; David Nolen Pantry of Hope open 5-7 p.m. Thursdays at Hope Center Indy; Groceries of Grace and Grace Garden through Cross of Grace Lutheran Church; Northside Christian Church in Greenfield; Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church; Vineyard Community Church; and The Fountain Church in Fountaintown.

-Life Choices Care Center offers food and resources for babies and young children. Located at 1454 N. State St., Greenfield, the agency is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 317-46-9700 or visit lifechoicescarecenter.org for more.

-Fortville Area Resource Mission (FARM) offers a food pantry from 12:30-2:30 p.m. each Tuesday at 9450 N. 200 W., Fortville. Gleaner’s Mobile Food Pantry comes to Fortville Christian Church the fourth Saturday of the month, April through September as well. For more and how to support, visit fortvillearearesourcemission.org.