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Northside Food Pantry making huge impact with help of partners

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Second Presbyterian Church has reached a milestone in its ministry by serving families for more than 25 years.

The Northside Food Pantry is the flagship of Northside Mission Ministry at the church. It helps feed 17,000 people a year and an average of over 400 families a month across Washington Township.

However, volunteers at the food pantry have helped all kinds of different families since the pandemic. Northside Mission Ministry Coordinator Lisa Enright told News 8 no one gets turned away.

Enright says the food pantry was launched by a handful of local women with just a few shelves of food. It also has a garden with volunteers harvesting produce from April to October.

The year-round pantry has many partners including Gleaners, Kroger, Starbucks, Fresh Thyme and Aldi.

“Second (Presbyterian) is trying to live out Matthew 25: ministry in caring for one another, the most vulnerable among us,” Enright said. “We’re actually caring for Christ, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Northside Food Pantry has been a drive-through food pantry since the pandemic started. 

It operates Tuesdays from 12:30-3 p.m., Wednesdays from 4-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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