One of the best ways to help out in your local community is to assist local food pantries. The number of hungry and homeless in our communities during these difficult economic times are at an all time high. These food pantries are on the front lines and helping people on a daily basis, and your time and money goes a long way.
United Way of St. Joseph County’s initiative, People Gotta Eat, is an effort to help those in our community without the means to eat or to secure adequate food for their families. United Way of St. Joseph County works with more than 15 area food pantries to raise money to keep food pantries stocked and to develop a cohesive plan to effectively address systemic food distribution in our community.
This coming Sunday, October 21st, 2012, People Gotta Eat is set to host the 3rd annual FOODSTOCK concert benefiting food pantries in South Bend and Mishawaka from 4 PM to 8 PM at Little Flower Catholic Church – 54181 Ironwood Road, South Bend.
FOODSTOCK 2012 will be held indoors and is a great family-friendly event. Enjoy chili, a potato bar, salad bar and dessert while playing family games and shopping through sustainable handcrafted items. A cake walk, hula hoop, and pin the pants on the celebrity guest contest will add to the fun while the J.T. Buffett Band provides an eclectic style of island rock and easy listening favorites. Additionally, new for FOODSTOCK 2012 is the addition of Artists’ Lane with local artisans displaying their sustainable housewares and gifts. Vendors to include Dismas House, Stone Soup, A Wee Bit Warped, Silk Creations by St. Margaret House and SUDS (Sustainable Use and Distribution of Soap). The People Gotta Eat pantries will also be selling handmade bowls created by the St. Mary’s Art Dept. and The Mishawaka High School Art Dept.
Tickets for FOODSTOCK 2012 are $5/individual and $15/family (children 5 & under are free). You may purchase tickets by phone at 574-232-8201 Ext. 226. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the People Gotta Eat pantries. For more information, be sure to check out People Gotta Eat on Facebook.