May 8, 2020

Some of the programs feeding central and southern Indiana

Compiled by Natalie Hoefer

Below is a partial list of parishes that shared information with The Criterion on new or continued programs to feed the hungry in this time of increased need during the COVID-19 outbreak. More listings will follow in the May 15 and 22 issues.

St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Parish in Floyd County joined with Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville to donate food to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities in New Albany, which is providing all meals to residents in its three shelter programs. Normally, food is the responsibility of the residents.

The Knights of Columbus of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Franklin recently cooked enough fish, French fries and macaroni and cheese for 220 free meals served at Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza, also in Franklin. The restaurant is owned by St. Rose of Lima parishioner Richard Goss, who, with the help of other local groups and restaurants during this time of need, is serving more than 200 free meals from 6-7 p.m. every day to those in need.

St. Monica School in Indianapolis is providing free breakfast and lunch to about 80 children ages 17 and younger Monday-Friday while its school is closed.

St. John the Baptist Parish in Osgood and St. Maurice Parish in Napoleon donate to the Batesville Area Ministerial Association, which operates the Batesville Food Pantry.

The Our Lady of the Greenwood Food Pantry in Greenwood, run in partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, continues to serve more than 200 families a week, and during the coronavirus is also partnering with Oak Street Health to serve 20 additional families per week; picking up food donations from eight restaurants in the local area with the help of the local Knight of Columbus Council; and joined the Gleaners Mobile Pantry and the Indiana Army National Guard one week to serve more than 250 additional families.

St. Patrick Parish in Terre Haute continues offering its soup kitchen Mon.-Fri. from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with a recent increase from 3,600 people per month to 5,750 people in April. †

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