25 YEARS AND COUNTING: South Whitley Emergency Food Bank hits milestone

SOUTH WHITLEY — Soon the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank will celebrate its silver anniversary.April 1 will mark 25 years that the food bank has served South Whitley. The food bank’s founder and former long-time director Susan Butcher is somewhat amazed that the nonprofit has stood the test of time.“We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs with the economy and situations in our area,” Butcher said. “But we’ve made it through. There were times when I thought we would just give until the shelves were empty, and then we’d have to close up shop. However, donations always came in when we needed them.”Tonya Warner, the new director for the food bank, has arranged for a celebration event aimed at bringing in donations, but also thanking the community for their support.Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m., the food bank will open its doors for the community to visit, bring in donations and register for prizes. The food bank is located at 105 E. Market St. in South Whitley.“We want to show our appreciation, but we also want people to come see what we are all about,” said Warner. “Once they come here and see first hand what we are doing, it’s easier for them to give.”Those who give Saturday will be registered to win prizes, donated by area businesses.To read the rest of this story, see the March 29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.