|Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) will be partnering with Monroe County grocery stores, Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19, to accept food donations for community residents in need during the eighth annual “Each One, Feed One” Community Food Drive. Over 250 volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food donations at area grocery stores in order to restock one of Monroe County’s largest food pantries after a summer of diminished donations. Last year “Each One, Feed One” raised over 16,000 pounds of donated items last year to fill the shelves of MCUM’s Emergency Food Pantry. This year the goal is to collect over 16,000 pounds of food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items from generous shoppers. Financial donations are also gratefully accepted.
Those seeking basic needs assistance from Monroe County United Ministries are in financial crisis, often due to unavoidable shocks such as unemployment, divorce, an unexpected repair, injury, and illness. In response, MCUM provides the basics, including: food; clothing; hygiene items; cleaning supplies diapers; and rent, mortgage and utility assistance, to help struggling households return to self-sufficiency after a challenging time. In 2011, MCUM distributed enough food to make 36,486 meals—spread out, this amount of food would cover the entire IU basketball floor nearly four and a half times over.