"I do the assistance program and help them pay for rent and electricity. We do not pay to fix cars or pay for cell phones, TVs or the Internet.”
Baran notes, "Our clients live in the Batesville Community School Corp. When they come in, they sign a sheet and are given a card to indicate how many people are in their family.
“We're a client-choice pantry, meaning they get to choose (food items), which means far less waste.
"The various churches have been great staffing the pantry .... (and) the people of Batesville have been absolutely great about donating. We also get government commodities.”
"The Herald-Tribune and WRBI have been very good about getting the word out to people.”
Baran also thanked the Ripley County Community Foundation for several large grants.
"As good as it is to get the canned and boxed food, what they really do appreciate is the fresh produce. They just love it. However, they don't always know what to do with the produce, so we swap recipes so they can start eating things they would never consider eating before.
"We use everything that's donated, but we still have to buy things you wouldn't think of,” she revealed.
Persons wishing to donate items can drop them off at the pantry, located at 120 Sycamore St., Wednesdays from noon-4 p.m.
Tax-deductible monetary contributions can be sent to Batesville Area Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 383, Batesville, IN 47006.
Diane Raver can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 114; or diane.raver@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.