Northwest Indiana Food Bank battles longer lines, lack of space

As featured in the Times of Northwest Indiana. March 02, 2015 11:15 pm Phil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324  It was the biggest year in the history of the Northwest Indiana Food Bank in 2014, but it's difficult to say if that's the good news or the bad news. The food bank moved 5.2 million pounds of food through its Gary facilities in 2014 to the 98 food pantries in Lake and Porter counties and through other programs, according to food bank officials Steve Beekman and Erika Dahl. Beekman is a deputy director and…Read more

EDITORIAL: Food pantry needs bigger, better facilities

As featured in the Times of Northwest Indiana.   March 05, 2015 12:00 am The Times Editorial BoardThe Northwest Indiana Food Bank wants to feed the hungry, but it’s being held back by lack of space. The food bank distributed 5.2 million pounds of food last year to the 98 food pantries it serves in Lake and Porter counties and through other programs, including Senior Pac, Pantry on the Go and school backpack programs. That's roughly equivalent to 4.5 million meals for 412,402 individuals in 145,464 households. While that seems like a lot,…Read more