Tri Kappa Associates met for the Nov. 2 meeting on at the First United Methodist Church in New Castle.

After the dinner, members had the pleasure of listening to David Hall, treasurer of God’s Grain Bin.

David said God’s Grain Bin is the largest food pantry in east-central Indiana. Food received comes from Midwest Food Bank, which is 65 percent, Second Harvest, Kroger’s, Aldi’s, CVS, Wal-Mart, Entennmans Bread, Boar’s Head, Stock Transportation, individual contributions, Sav-a-Lot and ongoing donors.

Before COVID-19, God’s Grain Bin was serving 125-150 families a week. Since Covid-19, 775 families a month are being served.

A drive-through was set up and families were able to stay in their cars and pick up their food through October. Volunteers are needed as they had 50-55 each giveaway every other week, and now it is 12-18 volunteers since Covid-19.

A board member shares recipes to use with the food that is given away to help the families have healthy ways to use the food.

David was particularly proud of the fact that the organization has recently purchased a 2016 truck to pick up the food from the different places their food comes from.

Business meeting

President Gayle Anderson opened the meeting. Minutes of the September meeting were read by Connie Loveless and the treasurer’s report was given by Pamela Shortridge.

A report was given on the Chapter Review held recently with the Province Officer, Glenda Shelby from Greenfield.

A discussion was held as to whether to have a December meeting. The Chapter decided to not have the December meeting because of the pandemic with the hope members could meet in March 2021.

A decision was made to give a donation to God’s Grain Bin.

The meeting closed with members wishing each other happy holidays and with the hope the pandemic would be better in 2021.

— Provided by Pamela Shortridge