Soup Kitchen of Muncie asks people to give during Lent – The Star Press

MUNCIE — The Soup Kitchen of Muncie is asking its supporters, instead of giving something up for Lent, to give something away during its 40 Days of Giving Food Drive, March 2 to April 14. 
People can participate in the daily food drive as an individual or as a group, and can give food or money to the Soup Kitchen of Muncie, according to executive director Loretta Parsons.
With food prices going up, donations will have a significant impact this year, Parsons said in a release.
“We are all feeling the pinch and it is getting worse,” Parsons said. “We are all facing items being out of stock, with supply chain issues rising.  If there is any way you can spare one item each day for 40 days, that would benefit the soup kitchen, whether it is from our wish list or a monetary donation, we would appreciate your efforts.” 
There are two ways to participate: 
The soup kitchen’s wish list includes: gift cards to local grocery stores; individual packets of salad dressing, hot sauce, and ketchup; bottled water; cans or cartons of broth; large cans of cream soups; dry pasta-egg noodles or macaroni; spaghetti sauce; cans of green beans, corn, mixed veggies, and navy or white beans; dry onion soup mix; salt; cornbread mix; vegetable oil; vinegar (white or apple cider); individual packaged snacks; tuna pouches; napkins; paper lunch bags; and paper towels.
Designated drop-off times for donations are:
The Soup Kitchen of Muncie is a nonprofit, non-sectarian soup kitchen that serves those in need of food in Muncie, Indiana and the Delaware County Community. Guests receive a hot meal and also a sack dinner. It serves meals 9:30-11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
MUNCIE — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie are working to raise $100,000 to cover the cost of replacing the heating system the Madison Street facility and to purchase two more buses or vans to transport members to its Teen Center. 
The boilers at the Madison Street site, which serves grades K-5, recently developed leaks, resulting in temperatures as low as 56 degrees indoors, according to a release. The boilers have since been replaced, but that unexpected expense was not in the clubs’ 2022 budget.
To provide transportation for more teenagers to the Teen Center at the Roy C. Buley Unit on Penn Street, the clubs are looking to purchase two buses or vans in addition to the two the club already has, according to the release.
Donations can be made online at bgcmuncie.org/boilersandbuses. Information: Amy Gibson, agibson@bgcmuncie.org.
MUNCIE — IU Health Ball Memorial will have its fourth annual Community LGBTQ+ Healthcare Seminar 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Indiana Room at Minnetrista.
Sam McCollum, peer recovery coach at IU Health Ball, will lead a panel discussion about substance use and recovery among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals.
The seminar will conclude with an open forum for questions and discussion.
This event is free and open to the public, and masks are required. No registration required. A to-go boxed meal will be provided after the event.
Program host will be Rachel Thompson, senior org development consultant, IU Health. Facilitator will be Sam McCollum, IU Health Ball peer recovery coach. Panel members will be Cassie Alexander, IU Health Jay Behavioral Health; Ryan Brown, medical director IU Health Ball Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center; and Jonel Thaller, associate professor of social work at Ball State University and co-organizer of the Addictions Coalition of Delaware County.
In 2020, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital achieved the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the ninth consecutive year. IU Health Ball was the first hospital in Indiana to earn the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in 2012, according to a release.
NEW CASTLE — The Henry County Republican Club will have its Pre-Primary County-Level Candidates’ Forum during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the meeting room of the Henry County Courthouse, 101 S. Main St.
While all county-level candidates will be given an opportunity to speak, candidates in contested races will be given more time, along with a question-and-answer session after each group of candidates for a particular office speak.  Candidates in contested races for prosecutor, recorder, sheriff, commissioner for the Northern District and council council for Districts 1 and 2 have been invited to speak, according to a release.
The public is invited to attend, and to submit questions for the candidates during the forum.
News items can be sent to The Star Press at news@muncie.gannett.com.

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