COVID 19 Assistance

Food Pantry Information

From the The Salvation of Army of Whitley County – October 19, 2020

The Arcola Methodist Church has 6 semi trucks full of food boxes, for anyone in need with no questions asked. They will be delivered on the next two Mondays (starting today), Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Monday’s and Wednesdays are starting at 4 pm.
The Saturday deliveries will be at 10 am.
Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church has volunteered their parking lot for the deliveries. There will be 25 pound boxes of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat on each truck. If you are interested in volunteering help, please be at St. Pats about 1/2 hour before the distribution times.

Below are the following food pantry times and locations:

  • South Whitley Emergency Food Bank, 207 E Front St. South Whitley Tuesdays 6 pm
  • Impact Center, 1330 W Bus 30, Columbia City, Thursday 1-4:45
  • Big Lake Church of God, 6955 SR 109 N, Columbia City Wednesday 6-6:30
  • Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N Main St, Churubusco, Tuesday 2-2;30 or by appointment 260.693.2154
  • Community Harvest Food Bank, Farm Wagon (Fresh fruits and Vegetables), Crossroad Bank, 105 Columbia St, South Whitley, Thursday 1 pm.  Open to Everyone!

Federal Government Help

CARE Act Includes Loans for Nonprofits

Can you help?

Parkview Needs Masks Too


You may be asking yourself, how can I help Visiting Nurse during this challenging time? If you have material, supplies and a knack for sewing we could use your help! We know that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is becoming more challenging to obtain. To be proactive, we would like your help in creating face masks! We are thankful for your commitment to helping Visiting Nurse support our patients and families while keeping our staff and volunteers safe! Once you have face masks complete they can be delivered to our Hospice Home location at 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. Thank you for all you do to support Visiting Nurse’s efforts!

How to make a Face Mask

What you will need

– Cotton fabric

– Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)

– Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can make two sizes: Adult or Child

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together

Cut 9 x 6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)

  1. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  1. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  1. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  1. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  1. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  1. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  1. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally

We thank you for your help in these uncertain times.


Leslie Friedel

Visiting Nurse

(260) 435-3222

Milk banking – much like blood banking or food banking – is a critical need and particularly at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now more than ever, The Milk Bank needs donations. Learn more about being a donor

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