Wabash Valley non-profits offer food to those impacted by COVID-19

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TERRE HAUTE (WTWO/WAWV) – Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels and West Side Christian Church are a few of the many organizations stepping up to help feed those who are affected not only by hardships, but also COVID-19.

Jennifer Buell with Catholic Charities said, currently they are still providing services to the Wabash Valley, but certain limitations have been implemented.

“Right now you’ll see, instead of individuals going downstairs to the lower level of the youth center for our Monday through Friday soup kitchen lunch meal, they’re actually coming to the old Food Bank location at 14th and Locust where we are handing out meals to go.”

She said the number of lunches handed out have increased from 25 to 60 to roughly 70 per day in the matter of 72 hours.

Another group located in West Terre Haute is giving out lunches to anyone in need.

Tommy Roberts, a volunteer for West side Christian Church, mentioned starting next week they will provide a hot meal that can be picked up or delivered.

Meals On Wheels of Terre Haute is pushing through social restrictions to continue providing those who are most vulnerable to the pandemic, the elderly, with food.

“We are just taking it day by day and depending on the community to come together to take care of the seniors that are forgotten a lot of times,” Rita Kaperak, Meals On Wheels executive director. “We’re here for the duration. We are all committed to making sure that people in Vigo County are fed to the best of our abilities.

She adds, “As long as we can obtain food to cook, and we keep the volunteers delivering the meals, then the community will still be receiving meals from Meals on Wheels.”

Each organization depends on the community to either volunteer, donate or both.

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