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Food Bank Hits the Road with October Mobile Food Pantries

October 11, 2012

  10/12/12 Since March, the Northern Indiana Food Bank has hit the road one day each week delivering nutritious food directly to those in need in pre-selected communities in Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties.

Fresh perishable items (dairy, grains, produce and protein) and dry goods are offered free of charge to northern Indiana residents.  The Food Bank’s mobile pantry team set up tables at pre-scheduled locations where people can “shop” and select items that best meet their needs.

The pantries are first come, first served for those in need of food assistance.  Mobile Pantry patrons must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license or Indiana ID) and are asked to bring bags or boxes to transport their items home.

Mobile food pantries serve approximately 300 households during a two-hour time period.

The Food Bank’s mobile food pantries program has been funded in part by the inaugural Darden Restaurant Community Grants Program.

To date, 243,225 pounds have been distributed through mobile pantries in the Food Bank’s six-county service area.

In October Mobile Food Pantry will be in Starke County today (10-12-12) from 10 a.m. till noon (EDT) at the First Pentecostal Church at 509 South Roosevelt Road.

The pantry will be in Marshall County on Friday, October 19th from 10 a.m. till noon (EDT) at the House of Prayer at 12450 Plymouth Goshen Trail.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger.  The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties and is a member of Feeding America and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH).