Even before he finished his sentence, I chimed in “Why not turn the vacant building into a drive-through food pantry?”
It will be very safe. We will adhere to social distancing and all other safety guidelines. It’s the perfect location – right off the interstate at a main street on Indy’s NE side. And it will meet the needs of so many people.
The thought kept burning in my heart …
Perfect timing and perfect location
A number of food pantries in the area have been forced to close, for various reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed numerous additional challenges and risks, such as the gathering of people inside buildings. Even something as simple as weather conditions can affect food pantry success.
But with a DRIVE-THROUGH facility, health and safety guidelines can easily be followed and any effects of weather can be minimized.
And our mission remains clear: to partner with our food insecure neighbors and help them on their way to self-sufficiency.
So maybe this is the perfect time and the perfect place.
Within just a few hours that same day, I was on the phone with the realtor and a Starbucks executive at their HQ in Seattle. This idea was becoming a reality!
I shared the story with several colleagues and we formed a simple Task Force. Our goal would be to create a “real” drive-through food pantry, offering food to those in need and safety for the volunteers.
Now that the perfect site is available, we can literally provide food for hundreds of households a week. Through this initiative, we are also creating opportunities to serve and to give during this world-wide pandemic. We can all join together in helping our community, whether by donating food and grocery items, transportation/logistics, equipment, funding … or simply giving of yourself through your volunteer time and your prayers.
Who we are
Faith Hope and Love Community aims to be a catalyst for change by engaging in relationships with food insecure neighbors on their path to self-sufficiency through missional food pantry training and creative outreaches to alleviate hunger.
With the COVID-19 outbreak and its overall effect in our community, we would like to extend to you the wonderful opportunity to be a part of providing hope to our residents. This initiative will not only open opportunities to give food, but also to offer hope through the uniqueness of a “missional” food pantry.