ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Pantry 279, an Ellettsville meals pantry that serves 34 counties in southern and central Indiana, had two of its automobiles vandalized within the early morning of July 30.
Director Cindy Chavez informed Information 8 on Saturday, “Someone had come and shattered all of the handles off the van. He had taken a board and dented the doorways, in order that they have been very troublesome to close. He popped open the hood of the van and minimize the battery cables, minimize the catalytic converter, not off however simply destroyed it.”
One other automobile owned by Pantry 279 had its catalytic converter ripped off.
The harm couldn’t have come at worse time. The Monroe County meals pantry needed to feed 2,000 youngsters over the summer season.
“There have been donations we couldn’t choose up. We couldn’t drive over to the locations offsite the place we’ve got issues. We couldn’t do deliveries for some time as a result of we had the supply automotive,” Chavez stated.
By Saturday, many of the harm has been mounted due to donations from the group and native mechanics.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in a interval the place meals costs are up, Pantry 279 is seeing much more prospects.
“We’re at 7,000 and climbing each month,” Chavez stated.
Chavez provides nobody has each vandalized her pantry within the seven years its been open.
“It actually harm us greater than anything. We felt harm. We felt abused. It’s, like, why would you do this? We feed you. We feed the group. We feed all people Why would you come and do that and destroy the opportunity of somebody getting meals, particularly youngsters and the aged?”
Chavez turned over surveillance footage to the Ellettsville Police Division. The video confirmed somebody outdoors the pantry when the vandalism occurred. Information 8 reached out to the division for extra details about the crime however didn’t hear again.
Ellettsville is a couple of hourlong drive southwest of downtown Indianapolis.