LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – For the last 13 weeks of summer, the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry has kept their doors open on Saturday afternoons.
“It helps people eat,” said volunteer Gayle Ennis. “Plain and simple. It helps people eat.”
Director Steve Starks said the pantry had an average of 75 people each Saturday in June, but the numbers lowered in July. He said although they now average about 45 to 50 people on Saturdays, that’s about 15 to 20 families not going hungry.
“The real thing that shows the need is the number of new families we’ve gotten,” said Starks. “It been pretty substantial over what we get during the week.”
The pantry offers something extra on Saturdays. During their 1-3 p.m. hours, fresh fruits and vegetables are available. The “Veggie Drop” consists of fruits and vegetables left over from the Lafayette Farmers’ Market.
“It’s fresh and everybody get’s something because there’s so much of it,” said Starks.
Starks added that the pantry can always use volunteers and welcomes donations of unopened food items.
He said as long as there’s a need, the pantry will keep its Saturday hours to help make sure families Tippecanoe County families aren’t going hungry.
“They’re not going to be hungry,” said Ennis. “They’re kids aren’t going to be hungry, and that’s a good thing.”
St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.