An annual tradition in the valley is more than just an opportunity for folks to fill their stomachs.
The Terre Haute Noon Optimist Club held it’s Good Friday Jonah Fish Fry and the crowd was bigger than ever with lines clear out the door.
“It’s about the same, hurry up and wait but you get used to it. It’s worth it,” Larry Wentnight said.
You just brought in 9 dollars and got all the fixings including beans, coleslaw, applesauce and of course fried fish.
More than a thousand people filled their stomachs, but the meal benefited more than just dinner.
“We affect, help, touch, cloth and feed approximately 3 thousand kids a year so over 80 years you can do the math that’s a lot of kids.”
According to a study 25 percent of students from kindergarten to 12th grade live in poverty.
That makes Vigo county the 4th in state when it comes to child poverty.
The money from the fish fry will go toward students in need through the Club’s Clothe a Child Program and more.
“We also do Respect for Law Camp, we send kids to that,” Albin said. “We sponsor junior golf events, whenever there’s a fire in Vigo County we provide clothes and hygiene items to the entire family if it’s a Vigo County School Corporation child.”
The need in Vigo County is on the rise but with generous donations, help from the community and a few pounds of fish organizers say they will continue to help local kids.
“If we don’t do it then who is? We’ve got to help. I encourage more people to look to do so,” Albin said. “They are our future and we’ve got to treat them right in order for them to treat us right when they get old enough.”