Melissa Adam was moved when she saw a man looking for dumplings for his next meal.
She and Samuel Frassenay felt that no one should be so hungry. So they anonymously began to leave Styrofoam containers full of food every night.
Six months later, what used to be just a container for safe food is now an organization called the Indiana Food Box Group.
“It happened very organically,” said Frassenay of Saltsburg.
The food box is located at Fox’s Pizza Den in Blairsville and Homer City, partly owned by Frassenay.
He met Adams in Bolivar when she started working for Fox.
At that location, they now have a waterproof rubbermaid container outdoors. They plan to expand by adding more boxes in different locations.
“If a company sponsors a box, it helps us grow tremendously,” Adams said.
The project relies on donations and anyone can leave items in the box at any time.
Adams said it’s amazing how the community keeps filling the box.
Frassenay said, “Give what you can and take what you need … If you can feed a hungry person, it’s a victory.”
Adams said there are other items that cannot be kept outside, such as diapers that can be obtained by contacting the group.
The group can also deliver food if someone does not have access to the box.
Currently, they are trying to add a bus pass or gas card to their supplies, so they can provide it to people in need of a way to go to work, school, or a doctor’s appointment.
She said they are always looking for new ways to give back to the community.
Other future plans include participation in veterans projects and Coats for Kids.
At the end of this summer, booths will be on display at both the Notweed Festival in Blairsville on Saturday, August 14th and the Hoodlebug Festival in Homer City on Sunday, September 12th.
They offer the opportunity to take a “Kiss the Pooch” photo shoot to raise money for the establishment of the first pet pantry. This is a strong demand.
Adams and Frassenei described how to spread the word of the group to the community, help those in need of it, and help follow the project on Facebook’s Indiana Food Group.
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