Coronavirus Response

Thank you to our caring community! We see the outpouring of support and we appreciate each of you! Please bear with us as we adjust and modify our hunger relief programs – we are adapting on a daily basis as we work to keep up with newly released guidelines.

Our top priority is keeping our pantry and mobile pantries open and operational in a modified version.

These programs serve entire families and seniors; we must put our limited resources into our programs with the greatest impact at this time. Additionally, we are working with our community partners who are filling in the gaps by providing additional meal programs.

Food Resources

Our J.P. Lisack Community Food Pantry has been modified to a drive-through distribution at Linwood School, located at 1415 Ball Street in Lafayette until further notice. We ask that pantry visitors traveling by car enter from Greenbush and 13th Street no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start.

  • We ask that pantry visitors traveling by car enter from Greenbush and 13th Street no earlier than 12:30 pm.
  • Meal boxes will be distributed, as well as fresh produce and frozen protein.

Distribution times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm – 4 pm

If you have used emergency food resources during the pandemic, please consider responding to this three question survey here.

FFFB will offer two drive-through pantries per week and double the amount of food allotted to each household. With this change, and to help ensure that FFFB has enough food, we ask that households visit only once per week, limit two households per vehicle. Please take time to clear out space in your trunk or the back end of your vehicle for a box of food. FFFB is implementing these changes in order to have fewer interactions and thus fewer opportunities for the potential spread of COVID-19.

Mobile Pantry Program

The Mobile Pantry Program is modified to a drive-through distribution and will run as scheduled until further notice or changes need to be made. Find a mobile pantry distribution near you here.

Sign up to receive email notifications about mobile pantries near you here.

Community Resource Guides

Click here for COVID-19 Resource Guide compiled by United Way of Greater Lafayette.

Click here for COVID-19 Resource Guide compiled by Bauer Family Resources.

SNAP Application Assistance

Contact Food Finders Food Bank staff for help applying for SNAP or food stamps – (765) 471-0062. Learn more here.

Families who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school qualify for a new Pandemic EBT program. Learn more about Pandemic Benefits here.

Pandemic Benefits flyer

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la EBT por la pandemia (P-EBT)

State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free, impartial health insurance information for people with Medicare.  SHIP is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state. In Indiana, SHIP is provided by the Administration on Community Living and the Indiana Department of Insurance. 

SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company or agency and does not sell insurance.  

SHIP helps answer your questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, prescription coverage, and assistance with medical costs.  SHIP provides tools and information to help you make decisions regarding your health care.  We strive to help you be wise consumers and to get the most value for your health insurance dollars.

  • Provides you with educational materials and brochures. 
  • Helps you understand Medicare and organize your records. 
  • Teaches you to assess your needs so you can make informed decisions about your health insurance policies. 
  • Educates you on how Medicare pays for preventive services.
  • Informs you of your rights as someone with Medicare or health insurance policyholder. 
  • Refers you to appropriate agencies that can help you with other needs. 

Contact SHIP at 800-452-4800 or learn more here.

BackPack Program

FFFB is communicating with our 72 BackPack Partners and sites to ensure they have the resources needed when schools reopen as well as providing information to BackPack families for local food resources in the interim. Many of our sites are working creatively with their schools to continue a modified service.

Agency Partners

FFFB is working to ensure that we are stocked and able to continue a steady supply of food to our 110 agency partners around our service area. Our partners are critical in this effort; most are modifying their service models to provide food bags/boxes as a way to incorporate social distancing while continuing service.

Volunteers

Food Finders will be canceling all volunteer support shifts until further notice. Due to the support of the National Guard, we are fortunate to be able to take steps that keep everyone safe by further reducing the number of people in and out of our buildings.   If you are looking for other ways to help, our friends at LTHC Homeless Services need help in their kitchen during meal times. Take a look at their calendar here and send an email to Jennifer at jshook@lthc.net for more details or to sign up.

Education Classes

All classes at Food Finders have been canceled until further notice.

Ongoing – FFFB Taking Action

  • FFFB’s top priority is to ensure our neighbors facing hunger have access to food when they need us most.
  • The most impactful way that FFFB can serve our communities during this time is to keep our pantry and mobile pantries open and operational in a modified way.
    • These programs serve entire families and seniors; we must put our limited resources into our programs with the greatest impact during this crisis.  
  • We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and adjust our plans accordingly to be of the greatest service.
  • We are taking action to prevent the spread of the virus and support the health and well-being of our staff, clients and community by additional cleaning, sanitizing and implementation of social distancing
  • Ongoing updates are posted to our website and social media as they occur.

How can you help?

  1. Donate funds
  2. Stay connected on social media

Stay Connected

For the most up-to-date information on any additional response from Food Finders Food Bank, visit food-finders.org, or follow Food Finders Food Bank on Facebook, FoodFindersFoodBank on Instagram or on Twitter at FoodFinders.

Food Finders posted an update on the Coronavirus on March 12.

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