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Community Harvest helps feed county

Community Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Kathy Selby checks stacks of food prior to distribution from the Farm Wagon in Huntington.
Community Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Kathy Selby checks stacks of food prior to distribution from the Farm Wagon in Huntington. Photo by Lyla Spath

Community Harvest Food Bank motto: “Seeking to alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources.”

For 39 years, Community Harvest Food Bank (CHFB) has been helping reduce hunger throughout the nine counties it serves, including Huntington County.

Community Harvest Food Bank (CHFB) Farm Wagons make stops at various locations throughout the service area on a weekly basis. The Farm Wagons, which have been in operation for more than 20 years, are open to anyone in need.

“We do this to make it easier for people to get food,” said Debbie Pyle, CHFB receptionist. “Recipients don’t need to show proof of income is at the Farm Wagons.”

Farm Wagons are stocked with protein and produce and staffed by volunteers.

On Wednesdays, at 1 p.m., a Farm Wagon stops at 1330 S. Jefferson St. in Huntington. On Tuesdays, at 1 p.m., a Farm Wagon stops at Markle United Methodist Church in Markle.

“I see happy, smiling people,” said CHFB volunteer Kathy Selby. “This helps families with their food budget.”

Barbara Wood, a CHFB volunteer and food recipient, is raising four grandchildren. She said that her food budget has been reduced substantially, thanks to the food she receives.

Each Wednesday, an average of 10 to 12 volunteers help distribute food from the CHFB Farm Wagon during its Huntington visit.

Selby said that an estimated 190 cars line up to receive the food each week. It takes approximately 45 minutes to distribute all of the food.

“Every week, we see an average of five new families,” Selby said.

Hope for Heroes, a program of CHFB, provides food to active military, veterans and their spouses or widows. The program started in 2016. To obtain food from the CHFB site in Fort Wayne, veterans need to show their DD214, or VA identification, and driver’s license.

Those eligible can receive 100 pounds of free food every 30 days for life.

After they check in, they can go shopping in the food bank’s community cupboard to make their selections.

For more information, visit communityharvest.org /get-help.