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Food Bank of Northern Indiana

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. Our programs include the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, Healthy Choices Market, Mobile Food Pantry Program, Senior Nutrition Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program. In 2016, the Food Bank distributed nearly 7 million lbs. of food through its network of nearly 200 member agencies.
For many children in our community, school meals may be the only meals they eat. Now in its 10th year in northern Indiana, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program meets the needs of hungry children on weekends and holiday breaks during the school year by discreetly providing a sack of easy-to-prepare, nutritious foods for their consumption when other food programs are not available. The sack of food includes two breakfast items, two meal cups, two snacks, one milk and one juice. The program is free for eligible students and their families. Participating students are determined by school personnel and all schools in this program have a high rate of students eligible for free/reduced meal programs. During the 2016-2017 school year, 1,900 students in 30 schools in Elkhart, La Porte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties participated in the program. We distributed 73,800 sacks/184,900 lbs. of food. Research supports the idea that a well-fed student concentrates and performs better in school and ultimately helping to make it more likely that s/he graduates. The cost to feed one child for the school year is $140.

702 Chapin Street
South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 232-9986
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