Hendricks County Senior Services offers drive-through pantry option during COVID-19 cautions
By Lindsay Doty
Hendricks County Senior Services had appointments every 20 minutes on Wednesday for the organization’s first drive-through pantry at the Senior Center in Danville. With an appointment, guests could pick up their packaged meals and canned items without leaving their cars.
Nonprofit leaders set up the alternative drive-through pantry since the center closed in response to COVID-19 concerns.
“The drive-through pantry went really well. The seniors were very appreciative of the help and many were in tears,” Marina Keers, executive director of Hendricks County Senior Services, said. “So many of our senior neighbors are scared and they feel alone. This was a chance for them to know that they are loved in our community. We are so happy that we can continue to serve.”
Hendricks County Senior Services, a nonprofit that helps local seniors live independently through programs and services, usually provides regular meals at the center, along with an in-person pantry for seniors to get food and toiletry items.
Since the COVID-19 restrictions, the center closed its doors and canceled activities. The staff is still providing transportation services and in-home care for its seniors.
“For our transportation riders, many are choosing to stay home and others have been laid off work. We will continue to operate as long as it is safe for our riders, drivers, and the community,” Keers said.
The center will continue to offer a drive-through pantry option. They’re looking for donations, including peanut butter, soups, canned meats, instant oatmeal packets and single serving (no sugar added) fruits.
HCSS is restricting visitors but is still accepting donations at the Senior Center located at 1201 Sycamore Dr. in Danville. Staff is working remotely so call ahead at (317) 745-4304 to donate.
Seniors (people 60 and older) living in Hendricks County who need food pantry assistance should also call (317) 745-4303 to schedule a pickup.