Sarah S.

“You can’t hardly afford to buy food anymore.”

Sarah S. is 87. She grew up in the little town of Glasgow, Kentucky, but she came to Indiana in 1955. She and her husband had eight children and raised them in Garden City, a tiny community in Columbus Township. Two of her children, along with her husband, have passed away. From her little home along a two-lane road, Sarah’s former daughter-in-law brings her to the Bartholomew County mobile pantry.

She’s friendly with the folks in line. “I’m everybody’s Mama,” she laughs and says. “It’s a good set up like this. Food is so high, everything’s high. I sure do appreciate this, though. It really helps people out.” Sarah had a stroke two years ago. She uses a walker or a wheelchair to help her when she can’t stand in the longer waiting lines.

Lenny is Sarah’s “not exactly grandson ... but he calls me Grandma.” Lenny lives in Columbus and struggles, too. “If I wouldn’t have this food,” he says, “I’d have to buckle down and go without.”

In the past year, an estimated 3,300 neighbors like Sarah and Lenny have benefited by Bartholomew County’s mobile pantries, with more than 360,000 pounds of food distributed there.