ELKHART — Roughly 3,000 volunteers at three locations across northern Indiana packed and distributed enough food for 8,000 families this weekend.
The annual food drop delivered boxes to families in Elkhart, Middlebury, Mishawaka, South Bend and LaPorte on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event was organized by Granger Community Church, IRBN Foods, the Northern Indiana Food Bank, Feed the Children and Waypoint Church.
“At Christmastime for the last 27 years, we’ve had an offering for about four weeks that we set aside where people can give above and beyond what they would normally give to support a number of things, but most specifically for the food drop every year,” said Gene Troyer, pastor at Granger Community Church’s Elkhart campus on East Bristol Street.
Troyer said it was heartwarming to see volunteers come together after tragedy struck Elkhart on Jan. 15 when a gunman killed two women at Martin’s Super Market on East Bristol Street, about one mile from his church.
“Thinking about the events of the last week and half in Elkhart and to see the community rally around this event and come out to provide food and help our community, it was a pretty phenomenal sight this morning,” Troyer said.
Among the volunteers were several hundred people at Granger Community Church’s Elkhart campus who decorated 200 boxes, filled them with food and delivered them to local families at the Washington Gardens apartment complex just south of downtown. Another 500 boxes were taken to Church Community Services.
Organizers at Waypoint Church, 56893 C.R. 29 in Goshen, decided to postpone its food drop because of the snowy weather. The event was rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
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