TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Covenant Cooperative Ministry (CCM) closed their food pantry temporarily, starting September 1.
People like Carolyn Deverick of Terre Haute have used the ministry help ends meet. She lives on a fixed income and is saddened by the ministry having to close for now.
"Well [I'm] actually disappointed and I'm sure other people feel that way too but it's nobody's fault that they're not getting those donations," Deverick said.
She said she would give anything she had to keep the doors to the pantry open, but she's struggling herself. She hopes the ministry will eventually get back on their feet.
CCM operated the Covenant food pantry for 10 years. The pantry served thousands of people per month before shutting down.
"Lack of volunteers, food shortages and higher food prices, and budget shortfalls are cited for the decision," said Rose Aycock, Executive Director. "It is challenging to find loyal, trustworthy volunteers who have the time to help with the distribution, and with skyrocketing utilities and operating costs facing the ministry, we must use wisdom in making cutbacks where needed."
The ministry will continue the diaper distribution to local families when supplies and volunteers are available.
"CCM is known for doing much: food and diaper distribution, food bank serving 140 food pantries in 18 counties, summer fans, Back to School and Angel Tree programs as well as holiday food baskets. And yet available funds are limited and financial contributions fall short of what is needed to continue these programs," Aycock added.
"I know our programs are vital to this community but after 10 years of volunteer service, I find it is not possible for me to continue to volunteer full time any longer. We really need more Christians to help in ministry, more volunteers to help if our programs are to continue. We need financial contributions," said Aycock.
The ministry will begin to strategize about the Christmas projects known as Teen Angels & Little Angel Trees and to determine a schedule of programs for 2013 on September 15.
"We hope local churches, businesses and individuals will continue to support our programs so the work the ministry does in the community might continue," said Aycock.
If you would like to help, volunteer or donate, you can contact Rose Aycock at (812) 478-7700
CCM is located at 122 S. 10 ½ Street in Terre Haute.
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