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"Each One, Feed One"

Contact:    Kate Zilvinskis, Development Associate
(812) 339-3429 x 16
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“Each One, Feed One” Food Drive: Supporting the Food Needs of Our Community
August 23, 24, and 25

There are many triggers for financial crisis: the unexpected loss of a job, the sudden illness of a loved one, a home or vehicle in need of serious repair… Every day, experiences like these cause financial emergencies for members of our community, leading to uncertainty and fear. Too often, obtaining basic needs, like food and hygiene products, becomes a struggle.

Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), a secular nonprofit organization serving the community since 1939, offers basic needs assistance to families experiencing financial crisis. Assistance takes many forms—food, clothing, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, bus tickets, and rent, mortgage, and utility assistance—to help stabilize families during challenging times. In 2012, MCUM distributed enough food to make more than 37,500 meals and dispensed more than 10,000 cleaning and hygiene products.

Offering assistance at this volume requires an active and generous community, like the caring residents of Monroe County, willing to reach out to neighbors in need of a helping hand.

This month, you can be instrumental in stabilizing families and filling empty stomachs through the eighth annual “Each One, Feed One” Community Food Drive. Held on August 23, 24, and 25, 2013, this event calls on generous community members to help stock MCUM’s food pantry after the summer season, traditionally a time when donations drop off significantly. MCUM volunteers will collect donations at area grocery stores, including Bloomingfoods, throughout the weekend to re-stock the food pantry.

The goal is to collect 16,000 pounds of food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items from caring shoppers so that our neighbors in crisis may maintain the health and vitality of their families throughout the year. Financial donations are also welcome (and encouraged!).

As you prepare for your next trip to Bloomingfoods, imagine the difference that a few donated items could make for those in need, and know that you can make that difference.

For more information, visit www.mcum.org or contact Meri Reinhold, Executive Director, at 812-339-3429 x11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This event is made possible by generous sponsorship from Bunger & Robertson, Attorneys at Law, the American Legion Post 18, RE/MAX Realtor Karen Pitkin, Heflin Industries, Innovative Financial Solutions, Tony Fox Construction, and WFIU.

SIREN Going Solar Presentation

Have you been thinking about renewable energy, climate change, and your utility bills?  Here's an opportunity for you to learn about the costs, financial incentives, and carbon savings for solar and geothermal systems, have your questions answered by local green energy volunteers, and join the growing community of solar adopters. A free program sponsored by the nonprofit group Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) will be held February 27th at the Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B at 7:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 25th to reserve your spot.

Farmer's Market Accepting Food Stamps

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market has been a locus of vibrant life in downtown Bloomington for over 33 years. Fresh peaches, corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and squash are among the seasonal items the market currently offers its customers. You’ll find an amazing variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, bedding plants, flowers, and prepared foods, including those offered in the sunflower-covered van by Bloomingfoods.

On August 18, 2007, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market became the first farmers’ market in the state of Indiana to accept food stamp benefits. The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is now piloting a program that upon its success will allow other farmers’ markets across the state to accept food stamp benefits.


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Lost River Co-op is Open

Lost River Market and Deli is open for business in downtown Paoli.  The co-op is a full-service grocery store with an emphasis on locally produced goods and natural foods. The Market welcomes all shoppers, all the time. The store will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lost River Market and Deli is located off the downtown square, one block east of the Paoli Post Office, which is located on Hwy. 37 north, or directly behind Riley’s Marathon Oil, located on Hwy 150 East.  The building was built in 1949 as a neighborhood grocery store.

The Lost River Market and Deli is a project of the Lost River Community Co-op, a member-owned corporation which has been working on opening a natural food grocery store for over two years. 

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Thank You From Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's 'Share the Harvest', Annual Silent Auction and 'Cardinal Reads' fundraisers took place throughout November and December, in partnership with Bloomingfoods. These events generated $13,000 in revenue, helping MHC purchase three months worth of food for our food pantry program!

Thank you to all Bloomingfoods customers and staff who 'Shared the Harvest' and made donations. You made this event truly outstanding, contributing a total of $5,710 to MHC! The event also received support from the Cardinal Stage Company 'Cardinal Reads' program, with students in grades 2-6 participating in the Read-a-thon in support of donations to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

The Silent Auction hosted by the East and Near West Bloomingfoods stores was a huge success as well. With the generous support of local businesses, artisans, and enthusiastic community members placing bids, MHC's Silent Auction raised nearly $7,000.

We depend on financial support from the community to fund the majority of our programmatic expenses. On behalf of our patrons, a heartfelt thanks to all who donated and helped promote the event, including the student readers and the Cardinal Stage Company. Your thoughtful contributions support our work throughout this holiday season.

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Bloomingfoods, and Cardinal Stage Company honored the top 'Cardinal Reads' student readers at a family reception after the final performance of CSC's Oliver! at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on December 31, 2007, also recognizing Bloomingfoods staff members who helped make this fundraiser such a success.

- Brooke Gentile, Executive Director of Mother Hubbards' Cupboard