The Food Pantry is dedicated to serving Batesville citizens who, for a variety of reasons, have come upon hard times and do not have an income that is adequate to provide food for themselves and their family members. Our volunteers provide a welcoming setting in which our clients can be assured that they will be provided with good, nourishing food and basic toiletry items. Clients are free to visit on a monthly basis on Wednesday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
The Batesville Area Ministerial Association is a fellowship of churches seeking to serve the entire Batesville community, regardless of denomination. The Association combines efforts to staff the food pantry with volunteers from each participating church. It also provides emergency funds for local needs.
Our goal is to alleviate hunger. We are aware that each and every one of us is only one pink slip or medical catastrophe away from being in the shoes that walk through our doors every week. We are grateful that the pantry is so well supported by the town of Batesville. Won't you help too? All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
KENDRA BALSER NAMED FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR
Kendra grew up in Batesville and was happy to return over 7 years ago with her husband John and 3 children. She is a proud Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineer and has worked in the medical device industry for many years. After returning to the community, Kendra became involved with several local ministries and non-profit groups such as Community Church of Batesville, the Batesville Area Arts Council, the Batesville Music Boosters, SEI Voices for Children, and several school PTOs. Kendra loves to travel, read, design, and create. She also enjoys supporting her husband and children in their theatrical, musical, and athletic pursuits. Kendra is excited to use her skills and expertise to continue the success of the Batesville Food Pantry and to work towards expanding services and volunteer opportunities.
NEW STORAGE FOR FROZEN AND REFRIGERATED FOODS
The Batesville Area Ministerial Food Pantry just completed an expansion project to increase food storage for frozen and refrigerated foods. The food pantry has seen a 25% increase in households utilizing the food pantry this year. To meet this increase in capacity and to maintain proper food temperatures, two commercial freezers and one refrigeration unit were purchased with the assistance of several area organizations. The food pantry received grants from the Rising Sun Community Foundation, 2023 Hillenbrand Partnership with Possibility Grant, United Way of Ripley and Franklin Counties, Gleaner’s Food Bank, and the support of the Ripley County Community Foundation to make this project possible. The purchase of the units was through Gehring’s to support our local businesses.
Paul Roell, food pantry co-coordinator, stated “This is a significant improvement for our food pantry. The new units have glass doors so that clients can see what we have available without opening the door multiples times. We are very grateful to all the organizations that assisted us with this project.”
The Batesville Food panty is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to serving citizens that reside within the Batesville Community School Corporation, who for a variety of reasons, have come upon hard times and do not have an income that is adequate to provide food for themselves and their family members.
TO OUR VALUABLE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS
As of January 1, 2023, we are allowing clients to come into the pantry and choose their items.
Please wear a mask if you have a fever, cough, or flu/covid like symptoms.
- Please proceed inside and check in at the desk at the end of the hallway near the cart area.
- Clients are limited to one visit per month.
- The pantry is available to clients that live in the Batesville Community School District in both Ripley and Franklin counties.
- Clients must be below The Emergency Food Assistance Program income guidelines.
- We have also provided a proxy form; in case you need to send someone else to pick up your food next month.
- If you do send someone else in on your behalf, they must bring the filled-out proxy paper and it must be signed by you for it to be valid.
- Our volunteers are working very hard to make sure you get your supplies. We appreciate your patience.
- Shopping carts should be returned to the cart area inside the building after use.