Living Well in Wabash County CoA, Inc. began food distribution during the cheese give-away days in the 1980's. At that time the Council on Aging and the Wabash County Senior Center were located in the Beacon House on Carroll Street in Wabash. After those early days of the government commodity program, the food distribution transitioned from an entitlement program based on age to a need-based program without age restrictions. With the transition, Living Well in Wabash County CoA, Inc. continued to distribute the government commodities, which requires that the federal and state resources be matched by local resources.
The Community Cupboard food pantry at Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center has been able to meet growing needs with the help of generous donors and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana.
The Community Cupboard Food Pantry's mission: Volunteers will collect and distribute essential food supplies and household items to Wabash County residents with a demonstrated need.
Community Cupboard Hours of Operation:
Monday and Tuesday, 3–5:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10–12:30 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays and the second Friday of each month.
Each household may come once a calendar month.
Tailgate Give Away Events
Tailgate food give away events are held in the parking lot of the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center for Wabash County residents on the second Friday of every month. Residents should line up by entering the Wabash City Park Hill Street entrance. These Tailgates are made possible by volunteers of Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana with financial support from the Community Foundation of Wabash County.
Senior Supplemental Boxes
For those income eligible seniors in Wabash County needing financial assistance, Living Well offers the monthly Senior Supplemental Box. The box contains a variety of food and household items of necessities. Living Well strives to provide the best quantity and quality of items with the given funds. It is our goal to provide a variety of products from month to month which will supplement the senior’s food budget; thus allowing the senior to reduce what they are spending on such items.
Applications for Living Well’s Senior Supplemental Box Program are accepted year-round. The number of program participants is based on available funding. From time to time there is a waiting list. The application requires proof of income, Wabash County residency and age, 60 and above. Participants are subject to recertification periodically, to be determined by Living Well in Wabash County. Ongoing registrations are accepted at two locations: in Wabash, the Winchester Senior Center will accept applications Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, call Elaine at (260) 563-4475. In North Manchester, the Garber Simmons Senior Center at the Thomas Marshall School will accept applications from 8:30AM to 11:30AM Monday through Friday. For more information, call Melinda at (260) 982-0535.
Unless the Senior Center is closed due to holiday or weather conditions, the boxes are distributed to each participant on the third Friday of each month, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. at the east end of the facility at 239 Bond Street, in Wabash. Proof of identification is required each time the boxes are picked up. If a participant is unable to pick up their box, a proxy can be designated in writing. Request a proxy form from Elaine at Living Well. If a participant does not pick up their box 3 months in a row they can be removed from the program by Living Well.
In 2016 the program funding comes through a grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County.
- Bachelor Creek Church of Christ
- Bechtol Grocery
- Chili for Charity Cook Off
- Church of Christ, Wabash
- Community Foundation of Wabash County
- Cub Scout and Boy Scout, Wabash
- FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program
- First Church of God, Miami Street
- Knights of Columbus
- Postal Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Food Drive
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Wabash
- Wabash Rotary Club
- Various community individuals