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Pantry 279 will hold an outreach program and community resource drive



Bloomington, Indiana – On Wednesday, February 7, Pantry 279 will host “Duke Energy Cares,” a community resource and outreach program. Families and individuals in need will get food, clothing, and other necessities from the organizers. To offer resources and details on how to get engaged, a few local initiatives and organizations will also be present.

The event is scheduled for this Wednesday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at 3609 State Road 46 in Bloomington.

Since 2015, Pantry 279 has been a food bank in Bloomington. Originally designed and developed by ten girl scouts from troop 69-279, the leaders’ first goal was to assist about thirty people each week. According to the organization’s website, they currently assist up to 1800 families, or 5500 individuals, each month.

Cindy Chavez, an IU alumna, has been running Pantry 279 since 2015 and is getting ready to host the occasion.

“We’re grateful for the support of Duke Energy as we work to serve those in need in our community,” Chavez said in a Feb. 5 press release.

As per the press release, Duke Energy made a $10,000 contribution towards the event.

According to a Bloomington, Indiana, study from 2021, one in ten citizens could not get the food they needed. Furthermore, almost half reported having trouble getting access to at least one type of food, such as fruits, vegetables, or fresh dairy. According to a Feeding America poll, 12% of Monroe County residents reported being food insecure in 2021—a higher percentage than the state and national average of 10%.

In addition to providing basic goods, Pantry 279 will be the host of other groups that provide a variety of community services.

IU Health and the Monroe County Department of Public Health will provide regular testing, pregnancy support, and flu shots. Information regarding their weatherization, child care, and housing aid programs will be provided by the South Central Community Action Program. Information regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s eligibility and application process will be given by the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Qualifying residents of WonderLab Science Museum will be able to purchase a $2 entry pass, which would allow them to enter 24 different historic sites in Indiana. A representative from Duke Energy will be available to provide information on energy assistance programs, and those who qualify can receive a free cell phone from Access Wireless.



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