The City of New Carlisle donated $5,000 from its budget this week to a local food pantry to help feed needy New Carlisle residents.
Bethel United Churches Food Pantry is run by dedicated group of volunteers, director Julie Fisher said, and the money will be put to good use.
“We are here to assist folks that are in need,” Fisher said. “We serve a number of families, a lot of senior adults that are caring for grandchildren or great-grandchildren..”
Fisher said the pantry serves about 500 people a month including more than 100 children and 100 senior citizens. The check couldn’t have come at a better time, she said.
“Our reaction was wow, because we were getting kind of low on funds and our rent check had just gone — we were dangerously low,” Fisher said.
The money will result in thousands of pounds of food for the hungry, Fisher said.
Mayor Ethan Reynolds said the choice to hand over the check was discussed at length by city council who ultimately agreed that giving the money was the right thing to do.
“This has been a passion of mine and hunger affects our city a great deal,” Reynolds said. “It was hard last year, but it was unanimous decision to donate the money this year.”
The money was taken from the Parks and Rec fund, which received $10,000 last year and will receive $5,000 this year, Reynolds said.
The $5,000 donation is a part of a greater $7 million budget that was passed by council last month. In the budget, the city will buy a new city hall downtown, pave roads, buy a new police cruiser and an ambulance.
New Carlisle’s government earlier celebrated having a surplus in funds beginning this year as it was in stark contrast to five years ago when the city had nearly no money saved. The government had about $950,000 saved in its general fund, according to officials.