CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus FAQ

(Updated routinely with the latest information as it becomes available)

Q: Are you open?
A: We are open Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Effective Immediately, we are CLOSED on Saturdays during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage families needing food to come weekdays for our pre-boxed, drive-through dsitribution. If they are not able to come themselves, they can send a proxy.

Q: How is food being distributed during the coronavirus emergency?
A: We are using a pre-boxed, drive-through process. People needing food will be directed to remain in their vehicle and form a queue in a clockwise direction. Barrels and bright tape help guide the vehicles. At the entrance to the queue, they'll be handed a brief menu to indicate their meat selection. Next, they'll drive around to our overhead door, where they'll hand their menu to a volunteer and state their name, address, and number of people in their household. Lastly, they'll advance to the exit door where their food will be placed on a table for them to load into their vehicle.

Q: How do I qualify? What income information do I need to show?
A: We expect only individuals who truly need food will come. That includes people who earn less than 185% of the federal poverty level or individuals who have lost paychecks due to the coronavirus emergency. No income information is required; your signature is enough.

Q: Do I have to live in Johnson County?
A: During the emergency, we will serve those who need food (as outlined above) regardless of home address.

Q: How often can I get food?
A: We have waived our usual two times per month requirement. We expect people who truly need food to come and we will serve them.

Q: What about volunteers?
A: We need volunteers in a big way! If you're able to volunteer at the Pantry, please email us at pantryjcmanager@gmail.com.

Our pre-boxed drive-through distribution isi working well, but it's more labor intensive. Our volume served is higher than previous weeks, and many of our senior volunteers understandably aren't able to come in to help right now. This is a great time for youth to get involved at the Pantry.

We're asking that all interested persons email us at pantryjcmanager@gmail.com. This is the easiest, quickest way for us to stay in touch with everyone at this time.

Q: How can I donate at this time?
A: We thank you for your continued dedication to supporting our community at this time! Monetary donations can stretch farther (through arrangements with food banks, grocers and other sources) and enable us to buy in bulk, making the process of preparing boxes for drive-through pickup easier. Checks can be mailed to:

Interchurch Food Pantry
P.O. Box 147
Whiteland, IN 46184

Oneline donations may be made through PayPal or Givelify at:

https://www.jcpantry.org/donate

We also gratefully accept food donations, as well as other needed hygiene items. During our regular distribution hours, donors can park in the front lot and come to the exit door at the side of the building for assistance. After hours, non-perishable items may be left in the donation shed near the exit door.