Maple Lane Apartments, in Elkhart, IN, has made a tradition out of hosting an annual holiday food drive, to collect donations from its residents for the food bank at Church Community Services.
The largest food pantry in Elkhart County, Church Community Services food bank provides food and personal care items to an average of 1,500 families, per month. Residents with incomes below 185% of the Federal poverty line are eligible to shop for free groceries at the pantry, once every 30 days. Items are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals and the United States Department of Agriculture. Food is also obtained through the Food Bank of Elkhart County, Seed to Feed, and food wholesalers.
Though the individuals and families who visit the Church Community Services pantry are in need, year-round, the staff of Maple Lane host their food drive during the holiday season, to help ease the extra burden that occurs at this time of year.
On average, Maple Lane Apartments collects between 400-700 lbs of groceries and personal care items for the Church Community Services food pantry, during their annual food drive. Last year, through the generosity of its residents, the staff of Maple Lane delivered over 600 lbs.
Maple Lane's 2017 food drive began on November 1st and will end on December 21st. Preferred items for donation, include:
- Low sodium, hearty soups and stews
- Low sodium canned vegetables
- Low sugar canned fruit
- Whole grain pasta and rice
- Whole grain cereal
- Peanut butter
- Personal care items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
- Baby items: diapers, baby food
To drop off a donation at Maple Lane, visit the main office during normal business hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM, or Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM. Maple Lane is located at:
2001 Sugar Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514
To learn more about the Church Community Services food bank, or donate directly, visit http://churchcommunityservices.org/services/client-choice-food-pantry/ .