FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Community Harvest drive-through food bank featured a handful of familiar faces Saturday morning.
"It’d be a great day if there wasn’t hungry people in the nine counties that the food bank services," Morris said. "But the reality is, there’s always hungry people. There’s always people in need. So that’s why I’m here today to help out, and my fellow colleagues are out here today volunteering as well.”
The representatives helped Community Harvest donate around 900 boxes of food Saturday.
They say the number of cars coming through has decreased as of late, but Community Harvest is still in need of more volunteers.
“It’s things that we do as public servants," Morris said. "And I just encourage people that see this today to call the food bank to come out and help out and volunteer their time as well.”
GiaQuinta, a Democrat, doesn’t always agree politically with the other three Republican lawmakers, but today, they’re all on the same team.
"It’s kind of fun to be away from the legislative process where things I know can get kind of tense. It’s just kind of nice to be out of that setting and be here where we’re all working toward the same goal which is distributing food to those in need,” GiaQuinta said.
Community Harvest President Carmen Cumberland says these lawmakers helped the food bank through the pandemic, and she’s grateful for their continued support now.
"It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you’re on, because when it all comes down to it, hunger is a human need, and people need to be fed," Cumberland said. "And we all come together as one to make sure that happens.”
The representatives say they plan to finalize the state’s two-year budget next week, which could include more funding for local food banks.
Cumberland says most of these lawmakers are familiar with the food bank and have donated time before.
She encourages anyone interested to consider donating time, talent or treasure. More information can be found on the Community Harvest Food Bank website.