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Food basket pickup begins; Love Chapel assistance to aid 1,000

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Bartholomew County families approved for Love Chapel’s Christmas food assistance baskets can pick them up 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Dec. 21 at 806 Jackson St., said Elizabeth Kestler, the pantry’s executive director.

The special location is next to the Volunteers in Medicine health clinic.

Families must bring verification of county residency and identification, Kestler said.

An estimated 1,000 households will receive the baskets with a free turkey or ham, plus about $75 worth of other groceries. It’s just one part of the pantry — and the work of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches.

Besides the food baskets, there will be drinks and snacks for all, Christmas cards available to give away, a children’s play and special music. A chaplain will be onsite and will provide a Bible to any household wanting one, Kestler said.

People can make food and financial donations at the Jackson Street location, Kestler said.

The special-assistance program, above and beyond the ministry’s normal monthly grocery help for the hurting, began 10 years ago.

Those not yet registered for the help may do so beginning Monday and any other weekday through Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling United Way 211 at 812-376-6666. Guidelines stipulate families can make up to 150 percent of poverty level guidelines and qualify for the help.

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