Elkhart’s Church Community Services gets unexpected donation of chickens

    Church Community Services of Elkhart got an unexpected donation of 1,501 pounds of chicken from Tyson Foods.

    Posted on Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 27, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

    ELKHART — Church Community Services of Elkhart received an unexpected gift of 1,501 pounds of chicken.

    After making a delivery to Bristol on Thursday, Dec. 26, food processing giant Tyson Foods determined it had leftover chicken and started calling around to see if there was a local food pantry that could use the meat. Reps at Church Community Services, or CCS, were there to answer the phone and ended up with the donation.

    “Oh my goodness, we are blessed beyond words,” Mary Kneller, director of food services for the nonprofit agency, said Friday. Meat, she explained, is hard to come by at a reasonable cost for food pantries and soup kitchens.

    The chicken comes in 72 cases and has been placed in CCS freezers. It will be made available to other food pantries and hot meal sites at 18 cents per pound to cover CCS storage and shipping costs.

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