Due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many people are sending their charitable donations to those people affected by the disasters. This has left a void in donations for many area food pantries. In an effort to help provide for the needy in northwest Indiana, the IU Northwest Portage Instructional Site will be taking donations beginning Oct. 17- Dec. 16, Mon.-Thurs. from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the instructional site, located in the Portage Commons, 5916 U.S. Hwy. 6, Portage, Ind.
All donations will be given to the Portage Township Food Pantry, which serves residents of Portage and Portage Township. The non-profit agency has been helping those in need for more than 20 years, totally staffed by volunteers. Director Leonard Carroll and approximately 15 volunteers serve those who come to the pantry for food and basic necessities. Last year, the pantry provided 5, 017 carts of groceries to those in need.
Needed items include: non-perishable food items, paper products, personal hygiene products and baby items, i.e. wipes, diapers and baby food. Volunteers are also needed, especially with the winter season approaching.
For more information on donations or volunteer work, contact Leonard Carroll at 219-763-4257, Kathy Spicer at 219-763-2903 or come to the pantry in the back of the Portage Adult Education building, 5391 Central Ave.