Woman Serves Compassion At Food Pantry

Connie Norman Receives Jefferson Award

A Parke County woman serves up compassion as the driving force behind the Parke County Food Pantry.

Connie Norman took over the pantry about 16 years ago when it was operating out of a church basement.

Because of Norman’s tireless work and unselfish acts, the pantry has grown from feeding 200 people a month to more than 1,000.

The pantry is even housed in a new building that stocks food, clothes and shoes, RTV6's Jenna Kooi reported.

"People come in here, and they get a grocery cart. We try to make them feel like they're at Walmart,” Norman said.

Norman said she spends at least 30 hours a week in the pantry and said she has a passion for helping others.

"She's been just a vision of what we can do to make Parke County a much better place,” said the Rev. Keith McIntyre.

"What we lack in industry, we have in friendship. I mean, the county, we just pull together. It's amazing,” Norman said. “I am so humbled and so honored and so blessed. There are no words to describe it."

Norman’s drive to help others is a family affair. Her husband, children and mother are all volunteers at the pantry.

“She is one of the best teachers. This is a hands-on experience, and every child should have to work here a couple of days because it really humbles you,” her daughter Hannah Norman, said. "I think the most important thing she taught me was that it's good to help others.”

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