Strack & Van Til Customers Rally to Raise $225,365.56 for the Food Bank

Strack & Van Til Customers Rally to Raise $225,365.56 for the Food Bank

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana announced the results of the 2021 Strack & Van Til Checkout Challenge, which raised $225,365.56 to benefit individuals and families facing hunger in the Region. The amount represents the combined efforts of customers across Northwest Indiana choosing to “round up” their bill at the register when shopping at the 20 Strack & Van Til stores in the area. “This year’s Checkout Challenge results reveal the tremendous impact of a community rallying together to help our neighbors”, said Victor A. Garcia, President & CEO of the Food Bank…Read more
Kohl’s Donates $100,000 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Through “A Community with Heart Program”

Kohl’s Donates $100,000 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Through “A Community with Heart Program”

Kohl’s recently gifted $8 million to nonprofits nationwide, including a Kohl’s Cares(R) grant of $100,000 for health and wellness to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “Receiving this grant is the fruit of a strong collaborative effort of several members of our Food Bank team working together to advance our mission and engage companies like Kohl’s in our hunger relief efforts”, said Victor A. Garcia, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Kohl’s embraced the spirit of the season by giving back to their local communities through Kohl’s “A Community…Read more
Several Funders Support SNAP Outreach & Assistance Programming

Several Funders Support SNAP Outreach & Assistance Programming

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana received funding from the Jewel-Osco Foundation ($87,000), Franciscan Alliance ($10,000), Walmart Foundation through Feeding America ($35,000), Legacy Foundation ($15,000), and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration ($35,785.20) to address hunger across Lake & Porter Counties through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and outreach. SNAP is the largest federal program dedicated to providing temporary monthly benefits to individuals who are income challenged and facing food insecurity. SNAP provides electronic benefits that allow individuals the freedom to purchase groceries as needed. “SNAP serves as our first…Read more
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Commits More Than $650,000 to the Fight Food Insecurity

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Commits More Than $650,000 to the Fight Food Insecurity

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana announced today that it will commit $661,000 over the next three years to Community Harvest Food Bank, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, and Hoosier Hills Food Bank. This funding will help the food banks expand their ability to deliver healthy food to Hoosiers and host additional mobile food distribution events. Anthem’s support of these food banks expands on the company’s history of supporting Indiana’s residents and communities in addressing the many factors that influence health, including access to healthy food.…Read more
Strack & Van Til Partner with Kellogg to Address Summer Hunger for Children

Strack & Van Til Partner with Kellogg to Address Summer Hunger for Children

Kellogg Company is teaming up with Strack & Van Til and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to address summer hunger among children in the Region. Starting June 2nd, Kellogg’s will donate 1 meal for every box of participating cereal purchased at any Strack & Van Til store. At the end of the campaign, a donation will be made to the Food Bank. “During the summer months, when school is out of session, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana steps in with programming to fill the summer meal gap that children face”, said…Read more
The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation Contributes $250,000

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation Contributes $250,000

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. recently announced a $1 million contribution, through the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, to 44 food banks throughout the United States, providing up to 10 million meals. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is one of the beneficiaries receiving $250,000. In December 2020, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. acquired ArcelorMittal USA which included 7500 employees in the region and two of the Region’s cornerstone steel production sites at Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We sadly recognize that, throughout the United States and Canada, millions of households are experiencing…Read more
Strack & Van Til Customers Raise $232,306 Through Checkout Challenge

Strack & Van Til Customers Raise $232,306 Through Checkout Challenge

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Premier Partner Strack & Van Til announced the results of the 2020 Checkout Challenge.  Through a unified effort of 20 stores and cashiers, Strack & Van Til customers raised a record-breaking $232,306.56 to benefit food insecure individuals and families in the Region. During November & December, customers were asked to “round-up” their grocery bill at the register. “I am so proud of our community and the Strack & Van Til customers.  Those pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that were donated at the end of every grocery…Read more
Local Civic Leaders Amplify Contribution to Provide 600,000 Meals

Local Civic Leaders Amplify Contribution to Provide 600,000 Meals

Near the end of 2020, local Civic Leaders, Tom Sourlis & Sue Eleuterio issued a holiday challenge to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, offering to match all donations up to $100,000 through December 31st. “Tom & Sue wanted to directly address the rising demand for food assistance in the Region, while also inspiring others to do the same, through the Half Million Meal Match”, said Victor A. Garcia, CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “The Match opened up the opportunity to provide approximately 600,000 meals for our community”, said Garcia.…Read more
“Round Up” to Fight Hunger at Strack & Van Til this Holiday

“Round Up” to Fight Hunger at Strack & Van Til this Holiday

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is teaming up with Premier Partner Strack & Van Til in November and December to raise funds for hunger relief efforts across the Region this holiday season. The Checkout Challenge encourages shoppers to “round up” their bill when shopping at Strack & Van Til or Town & Country stores now through January 3rd, with the difference going to support the Food Bank’s hunger relief efforts in Northwest Indiana. “The Round Up campaign is proof that every little bit counts, and even loose change can make a huge…Read more
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

These are challenging times for us all. Thank you for diving in to ensure that our neighbors could rely on the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana as a source of support. Many of our neighbors are turning to us for the first time in their lives. Others need us more than ever before. The work of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has never been so critical. During this crisis, your support has allowed us to: Increase Lake County individuals served by 70% since February Increase Porter County individuals served by 40% since…Read more