ELKHART, Ind. - In the wake of this week's extreme weather, a Michiana food pantry is keeping its doors open longer to help those in need.
Church Community Services and similar organizations in Elkhart were forced to close for two days because of blizzard conditions.
Hundreds of needy families were unable to access the free pantry.
To compensate for the missed days, the non-profit extended its hours.
Church Community Services is normally open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, they extended their hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Thursday, they opened at 8:00 a.m. and will stay open until 7:00 p.m. On Friday their hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Next week they will resume normal hours.
The pantry and food bank is located at 907 Oakland Ave. in Elkhart and serves more than two thousand low-income families per month, making it the largest pantry in northern Indiana.
“This storm was so intense on everyone, especially low income clients who never once struggle to be able to get food,” said Mary Kneller, director of food services. “To then not have any pantries open because of the intensity of the storm is brutal. So then you have the frigid air...maybe some problems with utilities and then hunger on top of that, that's a lot.”
Church Community Services is in need of items like peanut butter, soup, cereal and baby products.
You can go to the website on the right side of this page to donate.