Created in 1982, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana serves thousands of people throughout Lake and Porter counties.


More than 104,000 individuals in these areas are food insecure and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana gives hope to these individuals through a number of hunger relief programs.


Annually, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana serves approximately 4.2 million meals and weekly, approximately five thousand individuals are served.


For the people of East Chicago, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has become an invaluable resource. With the amount of resources necessary to manage the volume of food being distributed within East Chicago alone, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is always looking for volunteers who are willing to get involved and give back to their community.


Volunteer opportunities include positions for packing, sorting or office help and there are various programs aimed at serving the people of East Chicago including, but not limited to:


  • Packing Backpacks: provides low-income children with nutritional meals for weekends when they are not in school.
  • Summer feeding: provides breakfast and lunch to children throughout the summer as part of the national Summer Food Services Program.
  • Senior Pac: provides 100 seniors in East Chicago with 30 meals each month


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