Mission in Action

Numbers Represent our 2023 Fiscal year; October 1, 2022 to September 30 2023.

2,600

Children served weekly
by the BackPack Program

1.8M

Pounds of food distributed
by the Mobile Pantry Program

10.5M

Meals provided throughout
our 16-county service area

12.5M

Pounds of food distributed
throughout our 16-county service area

39k

Volunteer hours
served

2.8M

Pounds of fresh produce
distributed

Newsletter Summer 2024

Late one Thursday night, Pastor Kevin Bowers was called to a police station to be with a family that had just experienced a life-altering tragedy. Bowers recalled the situation lasting most of the night and into the early morning hours, with the mother telling her children they could miss school the following day. Bowers explained, “The child said to their mother, ‘No, I want to go to school tomorrow,’ and I thought to myself, what child allowed to miss school says, no? The mother said, ‘What would you miss if you didn’t go to school tomorrow?’ And the child replied, ‘My food bag. I won’t get my food bag.’” While Pastor Bowers is aware of the numerous challenges in our community, the intensity of this particular moment, as he recalled the child’s fearful reaction to the possibility of missing a food bag, continues to resonate deeply with him. Read More Watch Kevin Bower’s story

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Newsletter Winter 2023

Preparing for Thanksgiving break, students in Tri-County High School’s warehousing class have more in mind than a few days off from school. These students recognize that break can also be a source of anxiety for their classmates facing food insecurity. Part of Food Finders’ BackPack Program, Tri-County Schools receive a monthly delivery of supplemental food items. After Food Finders delivers this food, the warehousing class manages the program, teaching students skills related to warehousing, while also having a direct impact on our community. Bridget Redstone, the school treasurer, works with the warehousing class. Redstone shared that she spends hours planning the menus for these backpacks, ensuring that students who receive the supplemental food have enough options, especially over extended breaks Read More

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Newsletter Fall 2023

In Margy Deverall’s retirement, she continues to give back to the Greater Lafayette community. Margy is a founding member of GrowLocal Lafayette, whose mission is to “support and encourage urban gardening through action, education, and organization, and in turn, enhancing community and quality of life throughout our neighborhoods.” Over half of the gardens in GrowLocal’s network are sharing gardens. Unlike a community garden, where private gardeners utilize plots, sharing gardens are open to everyone; “Pick what you need. Pull a weed,” Margy states. Lafayette’s sharing gardens are strategically located in food deserts, providing fresh produce to neighbors facing food insecurity. Any leftover produce from these sharing gardens is donated to the food bank. Read More

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Newsletter Summer 2023

When Judy Doremire passed away in 2011, her husband of 41 years, Harold Doremire, wanted to continue her mission to alleviate food insecurity. Harold’s long-time friend, Steve Qualkinbush, approached him with a project to busy his mind. Recounting his introduction to Food Finders, Harold states, “[Steve] came to me one day, and he said, ‘I’ve got just the thing for you, Harold.’” With the help of family and friends, Harold has since sponsored eight mobile pantries at Klondike Elementary in Judy’s memory. Read More  Watch Harold’s Story

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Reports and
Financials

Reports and Financials

Food Finders Food Bank’s publications library features the most up-to-date information about our efforts to fight hunger throughout our 16-county service area. We are widely viewed as experts and thought leaders for our research and communication efforts that give voice to the causes and conditions of hunger. We continually publish brochures, newsletters, and reports to help our donors, elected officials, partner agencies, and the general public stay up-to-date on important issues and topics related to hunger and poverty in our region.