Mission in Action – Tippecanoe County

Numbers Represent our 2021 Fiscal year; October 1, 2020 to September 30 2021.

750

Children Served Weekly
by the Backpack Program

3.3M

Pounds of Food Provided
by the Mobile Pantry Program

56k

Meals Served to Children by the
Summer Food Service Program

4M

Pounds of Food Distributed
by the Agency Partner Program

69k

Pounds of Food Provided by
the Senior Grocery Program

378

SNAP Applications Completed
by the Staff for Clients

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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Newsletter Winter 2022

When Katy Bunder retires at the end of 2022, her 14 years at the helm of Food Finders Food Bank will have been book-ended by two national crises – the Great Recession and the COVID pandemic. She took over on August 25, 2008, and three weeks later Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, and the country was faced with its biggest financial crisis in decades and, since the spring of 2020, the nation has been in the throes of varying levels of recovery from a world-wide health crisis unmatched in the past 100 years. Fortunately for the 16 Indiana counties served by Food Finders, Katy has bravely taken on these challenges and others and has led her staff in finding innovative and effective ways to get food to those who need it. She leaves behind an organization that has been transformed under her leadership. We sat down with Katy to ask her about her 14 years with Food Finders. Read More

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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.