Photo in Batesville, Ripley County via Debbie Blank|The Herald-Tribune
In November, Gleaners’ staff, including President/CEO John Elliott, had an opportunity to visit Ripley County and the well-managed Batesville Food Pantry. Ripley is one of 21 counties that rely on us as a partner in hunger relief.
There are 3,340 hungry people in this county; 1,200 of them are children. To combat hunger, Gleaners works with 11 schools, pantries and community organizations.
In addition to food provided to the Batesville Food Pantry and 5 other local agencies, Gleaners has focused efforts on combating youth hunger in Ripley County.
BackSacks provide needed food for 96 children weekly who are at risk for having nothing to eat over the weekend. Children at Milan, South Ripley and Sunman elementary schools participate in this program, thanks in part to a grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation. In addition, 26 families are served each month at the school pantry at South Ripley Junior/Senior High School. Last summer, 62 families were served through the Summer Meals for Kids program.