Volunteers distribute food boxes at a Second Harvest of East Central Indiana tailgate in the Muncie Mall parking lot. The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program is slated to end Dec. 31, 2020. Staff photo by Jordon Kartholl
Volunteers distribute food boxes at a Second Harvest of East Central Indiana tailgate in the Muncie Mall parking lot. The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program is slated to end Dec. 31, 2020. Staff photo by Jordon Kartholl
MUNCIE — Katlynn Godsey arrived at the Muncie Mall parking lot two hours before the start of the Second Harvest tailgate to collect a box of food to feed herself, her husband and their three children.

“I’ve been coming here every week since the start of COVID,” Godsey said. “It’s been a struggle … it’s always going to be a struggle.”

Each week, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana serves eight counties with its drive-thru tailgates. The tailgates are typically staffed by local volunteers who, in an average year, hand out around two million pounds of food to families in need.

Godsey said she was laid off from the service industry job she worked prior to the pandemic and, due to a logistical issue stemming from a COVID-19 school closure, was denied food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

There’s always a lot of people here but it seems like it’s just gotten bigger every month,” Godsey said.
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