Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


April 10, 2014

Gleaners food giveaway draws large crowd

WESTPORT – Westport Christian Church has hosted the Gleaners Food Bank Mobile Pantry truck several times this year, but subzero temperatures and inclement weather have limited the number of people receiving food, until now.

The Westport Christian Church, or “the Port,” as its members often call it, distributed free food to more than 200 families Wednesday. Most of the families had between two and five people living in the home, which means that up to 1,000 people in Decatur County received food they may not have otherwise gotten.

“We had a great turnout and I think the weather really helped,” one volunteer said.

Cars were lined up for blocks, waiting patiently for their turn to receive food. Church members and volunteers worked hard to keep everything running smoothly. Families continued to arrive in the hopes of getting some food to help stretch their budgets until the end of the event.

The special education class from South Decatur Junior-Senior High School was on hand to assist volunteers distribute food. They also helped carry bags and boxes for those who were unable to carry them. The students appeared to enjoy helping others very much.

The Port’s preacher, Mike Bartlett, was thrilled with the number of people who were helped at the giveaway. He said the Port will continue hosting the monthly giveaway and he encouraged everyone to spread the word to other families that may be in need of assistance.

Westport Christian Church can be reached at 812-591-3807. In addition to the monthly Gleaners giveaway, The Port hosts a twice-weekly food giveaway each Monday and Friday, though it is on a smaller scale than the Gleaners truck, usually offering fruits, vegetables and breads.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004;

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