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FISHERS — A local church is helping families adjust to the new normal and start a new school year.
Mike Woods, the outreach pastor at ITown Church, noticed people's needs are different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We provided backpacks to over 400 families as well as families through Salvation Army in Marion, preparing them to return to school but also at home in the classroom with their parents, including making more food and snacks available since those meals will now be served to students during school time," Brown said.
Brown and his ministry are placing an emphasis on making sure people have food since the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have changed.
"Family situations are case by case, it is not a cookie-cutter situation," Brown said. "We look at the school districts, neighborhoods, then we try our best to meet those needs."
While schools have lunch programs for students, it depends on parent's schedules and transportation, Brown said
The church is making deliveries each week.