The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has been helping feed the people of the region for years. The food bank collaborates with other local organizations to get this done no matter what it takes. This year, the Food Bank of NWI and its partners have many different events and programs lined up to help combat hunger by feeding more people than ever.
One event that has already taken place is the annual fundraiser which happens each spring. This year, the fundraiser was called Superhero Soiree and featured music, food, drinks, activities and a silent auction. The idea behind this event was to thank the sponsors and supporters of the Food Bank of NWI as well as to raise money to combat hunger. This year, the event brought in over $12,000 to help feed the people of northwest Indiana.
The food bank also offers programs where food is distributed to needy children. One of these programs, which is currently underway, is called the Summer Food Service Program, SFSP. This program offers low-income students breakfast and lunch every Monday-Friday throughout their summer vacations from school.
The BackPack program offered by the food bank provides low-income students with backpacks filled with nutritious food every Friday throughout the school year. These backpacks are designed to get the students fed through the weekend until they come back to their school breakfast and lunch programs on Monday.
In September, the Food Bank of NWI observes Hunger Action Month. In observance of this occasion, the food bank increases the number of mobile pantries that are sent out into the community. This makes it easier than ever for more people to get fed.
Hope for the Holidays takes place in December. At this time, several fundraising events are held for which local businesses agree to match funds raised to help the food bank. The holidays can be especially tough for those facing hunger. These December events are designed to make things a little easier.
The events coming up this year will help to make sure that all of our neighbors are fed at all times. For more information on how to help, visit www.foodbanknwi.org.