Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Hosts Food Drive to Help Local Food Banks

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Indiana Department of Correction

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
6908 Old US Highway 41 South
Carlisle, IN 47838-0500

FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Teresa Littlejohn
Public Information Officer
(812) 398-5050 ext. 4110

Date: December 18, 2020

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Host
Food Drive for
Local Food Pantries

Carlisle, Ind.- Staff at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) participated in a food drive to help local pantries. Caseworkers Michelle Woolsey, Carla Coakley, and Community Service Director Jackie Storm organized this year’s food drive. 

In the spirit of good fun, the shifts at WVCF were encouraged to compete against one another to see which shift would bring in the most food. The Monday through Friday shift won the competition bringing in 190 of the 710 pounds donated. As a reward, staff on the winning shift are allowed to wear their favorite hat on designated days throughout the calendar year. Also, the names of each staff members who donated food were entered into a drawing for a custom-designed quilt. Correctional Officer Lisa Ball was the lucky winner. 

Michelle Woolsey said, "I thoroughly enjoy collecting for the communities and being able to help those that have been through or are going through hard times." Carla Coakley said, "Let’s face it, 2020 has been a year to remember. This pandemic has hit home with many people in the surrounding communities. People have lost their jobs, their homes, and even their loved ones. Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is one of the most giving facilities! When we get the opportunity to help our local communities, we do not hesitate. We organized this food drive to help the local pantries that have been hit hard during these unforeseen times. The food drive was a success." 

Caseworkers Woolsey and Coakley delivered the food to pantries in Vincennes, Terre Haute, Worthington, Sullivan, and Odon counties.

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Offenders George Gregory & Richard Chaffin packaging food for delivery

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L to R: Caseworkers Michelle Woolsey & Carla Coakley preparing to deliver food to surrounding pantries

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L to R: Caseworkers Carla Coakley & Michelle Woolsey delivering to Feed My Sheep in Washington county


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