Mission in Action – Tippecanoe County
Numbers Represent our 2021 Fiscal year; October 1, 2020 to September 30 2021.
Children Served Weekly
by the Backpack Program
Pounds of Food Provided
by the Mobile Pantry Program
Meals Served to Children by the
Summer Food Service Program
Pounds of Food Distributed
by the Agency Partner Program
Pounds of Food Provided by
the Senior Grocery Program
SNAP Applications Completed
by the Staff for Clients
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Newsletter Summer 2022
Making a Difference In her role as Vice Provost for Finance and Strategic Initiatives at Purdue, Cherise Hall spends her days making a difference by working on efforts which will help translate the university’s academic goals and visions into practice while, at the same time, finding ways to fund those efforts. In her own way, she does much the same thing for Food Finders Food Bank. Cherise, along with her two sons, Dylan and David, makes a difference by volunteering at our Fresh Market pantry — and also by supporting Food Finders with recurring gifts through our 365 Society. “I am just in awe of the new Fresh Market facility and the vision of the whole Food Finders team for reaching not only this county, but all the surrounding counties,” Read MoreRead More
Newsletter Winter 2021
Celebrating 40 Years of Fighting Hunger and giving Hope In the summer of 1981, members of the local AFL-CIO Labor Council sponsored a meeting to gauge support for a food bank based in Lafayette. They were inspired to do so by a growing food bank movement following the success of the nation’s first food bank, St. Mary’s in Phoenix, Arizona, which was founded just 13 years earlier. Several area churches and community organizations attended the meeting and offered enthusiastic support for the idea. Three months later, after a lot of hard work by its dedicated and community-minded founders, “Mid-North Indiana Food Finders, Inc.” began its operations on October 16, 1981 – World Food Day – in a small, two-car garage between Earl Avenue and Sagamore Parkway. The following year, the organization moved to a former grocery store near Elston and Old Romney Road Read MoreRead More
Newsletter Fall 2021
Stories of Hope and Support Food Finders aims to Solve Hunger Today and End Hunger Tomorrow. The Fresh Market, located in the Market Square Shopping Center, stocks nutritious food and is open five days per week to solve hunger today. Our Ending Hunger tomorrow strategies are Resource Coordination and Education Classes on nutrition, meal planning, financial literacy, and job skills. We have been offering both classes and Resource Coordination since 2016 but the pandemic has increased the number of people who seek this help. Resource Coordinators help households find help with applications for benefits, rental or utility assistance, housing, transportation, legal issues, job training programs, healthcare, and much more. Clients may ask a Resource Coordinator for a single monthly bus pass while they save money for a car repair, or they may have a more complex problem such as finding safe and affordable housing that enables them to regain custody of their children. The stories below are true accounts (names changed) from our Resource Coordinators. Read More: Fall Newsletter 2021Read More
Newsletter Summer 2021
Caroline’s Story of Hope and Support Being vulnerable is difficult for many people facing hunger, and for Caroline, opening up about her life was overwhelming. Twenty-six years ago, she received SNAP benefits while she was pregnant with her son. At the time, she was told that he had a heart defect and would not live a long life. Her son is alive today, and since his birth, Caroline has always been able to manage her troubles on her own, finding last-minute solutions and fighting through food and housing needs. But recently, Caroline has found herself without a home, relying on a shelter for support. She decided it was time to ask for help, but she didn’t know how to begin. She needed someone to hear her story, and Food Finders did just that. Read More: Summer Newsletter 2021Read More
Walmart and Sam’s Club Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
In the U.S., more than 38 million people–or 1 in 8 people–face hunger, including nearly 12 million children. Hunger knows no boundaries, and it impacts people in every one of the sixteen communities Food Finders serves. Which is why Walmart and Sam’s Club are coming together with their supplier partners, customers, members, associates, and Feeding America® member food banks like Food Finders Food Bank for the 9th annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign to help fight hunger in communities nationwide. The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign will run in stores/clubs and online from April 18 – May 15, 2022. There are three easy ways for customers and members to participate to support Food Finders: Donate at check-out in stores and clubs or round-up at Walmart.com Donate online For every participating product purchased in-store or online at Walmart.com or SamsClub.com, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal* ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank at Walmart and five meals ($0.50) at Sam’s Club, up to applicable limits. See specially marked packages for full details. “Every day, the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks is on the ground helping children, families, […]Read More
Reports and Financials
Food Finders Food Bank’s publications library features the most up-to-date information about our efforts to fight hunger in North Central Indiana. 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. And 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.