We are all painfully aware that bad economic times are here, have been here for some time and are showing no signs of significant improvement in the immediate future. But are you aware that you are in a position to do something to help those in need in your very own community? There is a remarkable man named Alan Shawn Feinstein from Cranston, Rhode Island who has been working tirelessly to help the hungry. This philanthropist has been giving away $1 million of his personal money to anti-hunger agencies throughout the United States for the past sixteen years by issuing his annual “Feinstein Challenge”. During these years the rate of donations by the public to participating agencies such as the Batesville Food Pantry has risen steadily, resulting in total donations of over $1,500,000,000 over the years - all used to feed hungry Americans.
But how can you help? Simple! During March and April, your donations will mean additional cash for the pantry thanks to the Feinstein Challenge. For the 17th consecutive year Mr. Feinstein will be conducting this million dollar challenge. Your donations to the Batesville Food Pantry will help us to claim a portion of this generous offer. All donations received by our pantry from March 1 to April 30, including cash, checks, and food items, will be counted and recorded. The Batesville Pantry’s share of the million dollar pool will be calculated by the percentage of donations received compared to those of the other participants. By creating this program Mr. Feinstein has challenged us all to help those in our midst who find themselves in need of assistance. For the past ten years our pantry, with the help of the entire community, has participated in this program. The results have been extremely rewarding. Not only has considerably more food and money been collected but we received our share of the Feinstein funds as well.
Please help to make this year’s challenge our most successful yet. Your donations may be brought to the pantry any Wednesday in March and April from 12 to 4 p.m. To make arrangements for large drop-offs, please call 932-2622 option 2. Checks may be mailed to Batesville Food Pantry, P.O. Box 383, Batesville, IN 47006. Click here to make an online donation.
Are you up to the challenge? More people than you realize will benefit. Thanks for your help…it truly does matter.
President, Batesville Area Ministerial Association