With a significant increase in the number of requests it is receiving from food pantries across the county, Shelby County Pantry Pals received some help last week in the form of a donation by Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.

Casino representatives presented a $4,000 check at the race track last week to Greg Gerline, president of Pantry Pals.

“This donation is greatly appreciated,” Gerline said in a press release. “These funds will be designated for food purchases for our seven food pantries in Shelby County.”

Indiana Grand Vice President of Marketing Elena Lisle learned about a 400 percent increase in requests since January and coordinated the effort with Indiana Grand’s Community Impact team to make the donation.

“We wanted to do our part as a good corporate neighbor to assist with those immediate needs,” she said in the press release.

Since COVID-19, Shelby County Pantry Pals has expanded its services.

Pickup continues to be available at nine locations: 7th Day Adventist Community Center, 218 South St., in Shelbyville; Human Services Inc., 825 Elm St., in Shelbyville; Salvation Army, 136 E. Washington St., in Shelbyville; First Baptist Church, 27 W. Broadway St., in Shelbyville; Waldron United Methodist Church, 202 W. Washington St., in Waldron; Clarity Pregnancy Services, 2410 E. State Road 44, in Shelbyville; Shelby Senior Services, 1504 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville; M2M Food Pantry at Trinity United Methodist Church, 714 Fair Ave., in Shelbyville; and St. Paul de Paul, 4218 E. Michigan Road, in Shelbyville.

Each location has its own times and can be found at http://www.shelby countypantrypals.com/pantries/covid-19-pantry -schedules/.