EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEVV) — Supply supplies were on tap Tuesday as Young & Established kicked off the new year in style by holding a food giveaway to help those in need. progressed rapidly.
44 News spoke with Courtney Johnson, executive director of Young & Established, who said the Walmart next door called and said they had food to donate.
”Walmart contacted us and they could have thrown out this food. A lot of places are doing that, so it’s a big thing for us to have this food in our community and celebrate families, and we were going to continue to do this,” Johnson explained.
The food giveaway began at 12:15 p.m., and the event quickly filled up.
”It just shows the need and anything we can do to help, that’s all we do,” he continued.
Less than an hour later, all that was left was a box of limes.
“It literally takes an hour, an hour and a half, but every time I do this, all the food for over 200 people is gone. When I post it on Facebook, of course I get a lot of shares and a lot of people tag individuals. I’ll let them know, but I feel like a lot of people are still missing out. ” said Johnson.
Young & Established today announced that it is partnering with app developers to launch an app that can send real-time alerts to people in need whenever these events occur.
”Obtain a personal phone number. As soon as all of these donations are collected, you will receive a text and receive them in real time. So we want to make sure that the people who need it can actually hear about it,” Johnson continued.
He said he expects the new app to be released within a week at the earliest.
In the meantime, Young & Established hopes to continue hosting food giveaway events like this once a week, supplies permitting.