TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – The Annunciation Catholic Church opened it’s new food pantry April 23rd.

The new pantry is a partnership with The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul.

The church’s formal operations were located in the church basement. During the pandemic food insecurity became a more prominent issue for Clay County.

The new 200 square foot facility will allow the church to better serve those that benefit from the food pantries each week each week. 

Saint Vincent De Paul serves about 60 to 70 families from the area.

President Pat Hardman said there was a generous amount of support from the community to help fund the Annunciation Catholic Church food pantry.

“We’ve been going at it for 2 years,” Hardman said. “We raised enough money before we could even think about getting started, 3/4 of the money was collected at that point.”

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul of Indianapolis also gifted Annunciation Catholic Church a food truck that transports 2 to 3 tons of food.

Hardman said the food pantry is not exclusive to church members or Clay County residents. The new pantry will be open to serve those in need every Tuesday  from noon to 2 p.m.