Team Thornton in Action/White River Church Food Pantry
Six members of Supervisor Sarah Thornton’s team from Westfield returned to White River Christian Church in Noblesville, IN, on June 6 to help the church’s food pantry with gathering and packaging food, toiletries and other items for area families in need. The pantry is 100 percent volunteer-staffed (no government assistance).
Rojas reports that Team Thornton has been working with this food pantry for several years. White River Christian Church offers a “choice” pantry, meaning each household in need is allowed to provide a grocery list for food and household items, with amounts determined by the size of the family.
About half of what is distributed is acquired at significantly reduced costs through organizations such as Gleaners Food Bank, Meijer, Red Gold Tomatoes and others. Donated items are received from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations, as well as the Midwest Food Bank, and such local grocery chains as Kroger and others. The pantry serves hundreds of hungry residents of Hamilton County each week without requiring them to meet any financial guidelines or requirements.
The volunteer effort by Team Thornton involved receiving lists of items from some of the many families using the pantry, and then spending several hours selecting and packing, ready to deliver the filled bags to cars and homes. “It may seem like small tasks,” says Lidices Rojas, Manager, Customer Service, Carrington Mortgage Services, “but it’s a huge effort that makes such a difference to these families.”
Team members get instructions on how to complete meal packs for the families.
Team Thornton from L to R: Danya Urizar, Rocio Villegas, Micoh Gaddie, Sarah Thornton (supervisor), Henry Garcia, Eliecer DeLaCerda and Nicolas Godbey.