County Sheriff’s Department collecting items for families in need

Food bank donation to begin

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents to help Pack-a-Patrol Car to help local families.

Beginning Oct. 14 at the Ethnic Expo Parade and continuing through Nov. 14, residents are asked to donate non-perishable food. The sheriff’s department, including Sheriff Matt Myers, will be asking people to donate canned food items as their float passes by in the Ethnic Expo parade Oct. 14 in downtown Columbus.

Donation containers will also be located in the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department offices at 543 Second St., where donations can be made during the day or at night.

Deputies also may collect canned food and other non-perishable items during routine neighborhood patrols.

Once the food items have been collected, deputies will pack a sheriff’s patrol car with the donated items and deliver them to Love Chapel’s Food Pantry, 311 Center St.

Love Chapel is an outreach program of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County.

For more information, contact Love Chapel at 812-372-9421.

What to donate

Items needed at Love Chapel Food Pantry:

  • Canned meat products (tuna, Spam, chili, ravioli, hams, etc.)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Canned juices
  • Breakfast food (cereal, instant oatmeal, granola bars)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Crackers


  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Deoderant
  • Feminine hygiene supplies

General supplies

  • School supplies
  • Used children’s books
  • Children’s educational toys
  • Diapers
  • Paper grocery sacks
  • Baggies (all sizes)
  • Garbage sacks (50 gallon)
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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.