TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Catholic Charities is hosting a number of mobile food pantries to assist the growing number of families in need in the area.

According to Catholic Charities, the increased economic strain that many families are under due to the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in more people seeking food assistance for the first time. Current projections from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study suggest that locally, as many as 44,680 individuals struggle with food insecurity. Of these, 12,500 are children.

“These mobile pantries are just one way that we are working to get more food assistance out to individuals and families in our community.” John C. Etling, agency director for Catholic Charities in Terre Haute, said.

Although open to the public, Catholic Charities said it encourages families with students to attend the mobile pantries listed below.

Purdue Extension is partnering with the Foodbank this summer to ensure nutritious food is getting to the many individuals and families facing food insecurity this summer.

“Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank already has a great network of mobile pantries,” Allison Finzel, Community Wellness Coordinator for Purdue Extension said. “Our goal for the pantries over the summer months is to help families with school aged children who may be struggling to provide them extra meals.”

School DistrictDateTimeAddress
Vermillion CountyTuesday, Aug. 35:00pm922 W. Ferry St., Cayuga
Sullivan CountyTuesday, July 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 1710:00am32 Interurban St., Shelburn
Knox CountyMonday, July 26 and Monday, Aug. 234:00pm218 Main St., Vincennes
Vigo CountyTuesday, July 27 and Thursday, Aug. 1211:00am127 W Johnson Ave, Terre Haute
Greene CountyWednesday, July 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 2511:00am303 S 2nd St, Bloomfield

A monthly calendar of all mobile pantry distributions is available on our website at www.ccthin.org, click Emergency Food Assistance for details.