It's a model that's getting notice from others. Eric Hessel of the Hendricks County Community Foundation says he's received inquiries from other such foundations about how the coalition works. He presented a check for $8,800 to the collective at the luncheon. Each pantry will get about $400 for operating expenses.
"We use you guys as a shining example of how a group can come together and really make a difference," Hessel told the gathering. "We really value this kind of collaboration."