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Posted at 10:26 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:33:01-04

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis church is hard at work right now at Harrison Hills Elementary School in Lawrence feeding 500 families.

While many people are indoors or practicing social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ITown Church is hard at work.

"During the next two weeks we will serve 10,000 children," Mike Wood, from ITown Church, said.

Since schools have closed their doors, church members know that means some families could go without food without their help. The church has partnered with local schools to help meet the need.

"We are fielding calls and assessing calls nearly every day people are calling our church office, people are emailing us through the school system," Wood said.

For them, it's deeper than just handing out meals, it's also about feeding the soul as the coronavirus causes people to panic.

"We wanted to make sure in the same way the hospital takes care of the physical needs of our community it's our responsibility to take care of the spiritual and emotional needs of our community," Wood said. "Our distribution centers are drive through. Families can pull up, they can receive food put in their truck or their backseat. They can pull up to another station if they need some encouragement and prayer. It will be completely drive through."

Students and families who need food in light of school closings can find distribution at the following locations:

  • March 18 at 5 p.m. — Avon High School
  • March 21 at 10 a.m. — Carl Wilde School 79, Charles Fairbanks School 105, Eleanor Skillen School 34.

You can view more information from ITown Church on its website.