PERRY COUNTY – The United Way of Perry County announced last week the transfer of several of its programs to two other nonprofit agencies in Perry County.Representatives of United Way of Perry County pass food items and fresh vegetables to Catholic Charities and Lincoln Hills Development Corp. to symbolize the transfer of two programs to the latter groups. Pictured from the left, Patrick Rich, United Way boardtreasurer; Joan Hess, Catholic Charities of Tell City director; Bill Borders of Lincoln Hills Development Corp. and Rebecca Fenn, executive director of United Way of Perry County.
The Perry County Food Coalition will now be under the auspices of Catholic Charities and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program will now be administered by Lincoln Hills Development Corp.
United Way of Perry County works closely with Catholic Charities and Lincoln Hills Development Corp. to help those in need in our community and is thrilled that they are continuing these programs that were created or brought to our county by United Way of Perry County, its director, Rebecca Fenn, said.
The Perry County Food Coalition was created in 2003 by the United Way of Perry County to provide a climate of sharing and cooperation among all food pantries of Perry County, thus allowing each individual pantry the opportunity to better serve the needs of the area’s hungry.
A centralized location where the public could donate food items was created at Catholic Charities’ office. These food items would then benefit more than just one pantry; they would benefit five food pantries right here in Perry County.
United Way of Perry County served as the fiscal agent for donors who wanted to support many pantries at one time. UWPC also wrote grants for the Coalition and applied for funds from the Feinstein Foundation on their behalf. UWPC created a brochure that listed all the available food pantries and their times of operation and other available resources in the county as a result of the Coalition members’ desire to educate the public about the resources available to them in Perry County.
The food coalition pantries began meeting bi-monthly to share resources and work together to raise funds that would help them restock their pantry shelves. Castles of Cans and the Election Day food drive were two of the events created to benefit many hungry families in our community.
Catholic Charities has accepted responsibility of the Perry County Food Coalition. They are a natural fit to sponsor this program since they also sponsor the Table of Blessings hot-meal program and Martin’s Cloak Food Pantry.Catholic Charities has also been providing meeting and storage space for the Food Coalition pantries for many years.
The United Way of Perry County brought the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to Perry County in 2010.This program is coordinated by the Indiana Department of Health and provides funding to low-income senior citizens and some disabled people to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. United Way of Perry County served as the local administrator of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program for the Indiana Department of Health for Perry and Crawford counties.
Lincoln Hills Development Corp. serves many of the qualified individuals for this program in Perry and Crawford County and has taken sponsorship of this program to enable low income senior citizens to be able to eat healthier.
United Way of Perry County is thankful to have two such caring organizations willing to take sponsorship of new programs that will help those in need in our community.
United Way of Perry County continues to sponsor the Dolly Parton Imagination Library early literacy program, Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, Youth Day of Caring and Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance program as well as its annual grant funding process.
Anyone wishing to donate food or funds to the five pantries of the Perry County Food Coalition – Widow’s Barrel, Community Adventists Services and Council of Agencies in Tell City, Jaspers Pantry in Cannelton and Martin’s Cloak Pantry in Siberia – can contact Joan Hess, director of Catholic Charities, at 547-0903.
Anyone with questions regarding the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program may contact Kim Scales, the RSVP director, at Lincoln Hills Development Corp. at 547-3435, Ext. 230.