TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Food insecurity remains a real issue in the Wabash Valley especially because of the pandemic. Thursday afternoon, Terre Haute Catholic Charities provided a helping hand to those in need.
COVID-19 has created financial hardships for many.
Data from the organization Feeding America shows that food insecurity could reach almost 20 percent in West-Central Indiana.
That may be evident by the line of cars at the Vigo County Fairgrounds on Thursday for an emergency food distribution put on by Terre Haute Catholic Charities.
“There’s been a lot of people who have either lost their jobs, been laid off for a time or maybe their hours have been cut back because of the economic hardships right now,” said Jennifer Buell, Terre Haute Catholic Charities assistant agency director.
Even as Indiana’s economy has opened up more and more over recent months, Buell says she doesn’t expect the economic difficulties some have faced to go away immediately.
“It takes people a little while even after they get back to working to be able to catch up on backed-bills, and things. Maybe they have back-rent, back-mortgage payments, back-utility payments,” Buell said.
Thursday, with the help of food items made available by the federal government, Terre Haute Catholic Charities was prepared to help the community in a big way.
“We’re prepared to distribute boxes of food to as many as 2,000 households,” Buell said.
Buell says each box distributed contained 30 pounds of food including items from fresh meat to produce.
“30 pounds could last some families several days,” Buell said.
The food distribution was also made possible with the assistance of dozens of volunteers, some that say the feeling of helping their community was well worth it.
“A few hours of my time can effect possibly someone’s whole week and maybe even longer. A lot of people don’t see that as a big deal because they don’t necessarily think about what you’re doing by coming out here but it’s a good feeling,” said Travis Cadman, volunteer.
Buell says Catholic Charities also holds normal food distributions on the third Saturday of each month.