Food Finders Food Bank

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Every year, the federal Summer Food Service Program feeds children in low-income areas whose access to consistent meals can become limited once the school year ends. Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette has been sponsoring program sites for nine years.

This year, though, they’re trying a different approach - feeding kids at private homes. The pieces are still coming together. 

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Lafayette’s Food Finders Food Bank is partnering with CityBus this summer to deliver fresh produce to ten sites throughout the city. The initiative supplements the food supplies low-income families need during a tough time of year: the summer break from school.

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Lafayette-based Food Finders received more than 40 tons of food Tuesday. The donation is set to go to counties with thousands of food-insecure residents.

Smithfield Foods and Kroger-Pay Less delivered more than 80,000 pounds of protein – including sausage, ham and bacon -- to the food bank.

Food Finders serves 16 counties that host 79,000 food insecure residents. President Katy Bunder says the usual donation is about 500 pounds of food, which usually lasts a week.

She says a donation this big will last about two months.

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Nearly a fifth of Tippecanoe County youths have spotty access to food, so a local food bank hopes to bring nutrition where it’s needed most with a series of so-called “pop-up sites.”

Food Finders Chief Operating Officer Kier Crites Scherger says when children are out of school, food is even more scarce for low-income families.

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Nearly half of all public school students in the United States receive a free or reduced price lunch.

That’s according to the latest Kids Count survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

But during the summer, kids don’t have access to those meals.

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As the holidays begin, social service agencies that cater to the underprivileged are taxed.

At Lafayette’s Food Finders Food Bank, they’ve got plenty of baked goods, but are struggling to find enough meats to include in holiday care packages.

And, as WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski reports, the organization is in the midst of transition – Executive Director Katy Bunder is looking for a larger, less out-of-the-way location into which Food Finders can move.

Indiana Food Banks Split 20 Tons Of Mac And Cheese

Aug 27, 2014
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Three Indiana food banks are receiving 20 tons of macaroni and cheese.

Land O‘ Lakes donates 40-thousand pounds of dairy products in a different state each month.

August is Indiana‘s turn, for the first time in about two years.

Gleaners Food Bank CEO Cindy Hubert says the frozen heat-and-eat five-pound bags of macaroni and cheese are a good fit for the area, combining nutrition with a food people like to eat.

"For us, 20,000 pounds equates to about 12 or 13 thousand meals," says Hubert. "We figure a package of this will probably serve a family of four."

Food Finders Filling In The Gaps For Hungry Kids This Summer

May 27, 2014
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Food Finders Food Bank wants to make sure area students who qualify for free and reduced lunch at school won’t have to go hungry now that classes are over.

The non-profit is operating the Summer Food Service Program at 26 sites in six counties.

Spokesperson Amy Gaulke says in addition to lunch Monday-through-Friday, some young people will get extra food to take home.

Annual food drive set for this weekend

May 8, 2014

A major food drive in the Lafayette area is set for this weekend.

The Letter Carriers Food Drive benefits Food Finders Food Bank.

The goal is to collect 70,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to help the roughly 87,000 people in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties who are food insecure.

The Stamp Out Hunger effort takes place Saturday. 

Non-perishable dry and canned food should be left at your mailbox for pick-up.

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