Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is a USDA approved, primary distributor of food to local pantries, shelters, day care centers and soup kitchens. Founded in 1982, the Food
Bank has grown into a facility that acquires, stores and distributes 4.9 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter Counties. The Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding
America™, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organizations. For almost three decades, the Food Bank has served as a link for food relief to families, children, the elderly
and other individuals in need.
Kids Cafe® is a national program founded by Feeding America and administered locally by the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The program provides a place where children 18
and younger can come to receive free, nutritious evening meals in a safe, supportive environment.
The BackPack program provides low-income children with a free food-filled box packed with six easily prepared meals for weekends when school cafeterias are closed. Currently, the BackPack Program feeds over 200 children and fills 3,600 backpacks with food.
Pantry on the Go - Mobile Pantry - The Food Bank often identifies extremely distressed communities that do not have access to a traditional food pantry. In these situation, the Food Bank serves as a mobile pantry unit, and will arrive at a location such as a community center to provide free grocery items to the community. To date, the Food Bank has distributed more than 180,000 pounds of food to more than1,000 families and seniors. The Pantry on the Go is sponsored by Northwest Indiana McDonalds Operators.
Hope Projectis a long-term program that seeks to eliminate the cycle of generational poverty that is prevalent in many communities across the region. We seek to end the harmful cycle of generational poverty by meeting the academic, nutritional and social needs of at-risk children. Additionally, the program seeks to work with the child and their family to build a foundation of academic achievement that will ultimately lead to the pursuit of a post-secondary education. The Hope Project is a full service program that uses a holistic approach to meet the academic, nutritional and social needs of program participants. The following program services are provided to program participants:
- Nutrition Education
- Community Service
Food Rescue – The Food Rescue program reaches out to local restaurants, buffets, caterers and other members of the hospitability industry, and pick up food that they have prepared but never served. This food is then taken to area soup kitchens and after school programs instead of being thrown away.
Activating Our Mission
- Making financial contributions by writing checks to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
- Donating equipment that you or your company no longer use
- Donating food
- Hosting a food drive
- Spreading the word
We are also in need of a new facility. The Food Bank is looking for a generous benefactor with an appropriate building for sale/lease at a very low rate. Minimum building requirements are:
- 60,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space
- Office space for 15 people
- Reception space
- Minimum of one dock
- Fridge space (500 sq. ft. minimum)
- Freezer space (600 sq. ft. minimum)