Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Receives $5,000 Grant from Joy in Childhood Foundation in Celebration of Giving Tuesday
Funds will support hunger relief programs for children in Lake and Porter Counties
(Merrillville, IN) (November 27, 2018) – The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana recently announced it has received a $5,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation, which is powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, and brings the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. Funding from the grant will support the Food Bank’s childhood hunger relief programs, including BackPack, Summer Food Service, and school-based Mobile Marketplace distributions.
“We’re grateful for the this grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation,” said Steve Beekman, executive director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “Their support helps ensure children in our community will continue to receive the nutrition they need to grow, play, and thrive.”
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is one of 150 organizations receiving a grant from The Joy in Childhood Foundation. In total, the Joy in Childhood Foundation is awarding $2 million to organizations nationwide in celebration of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to global giving.
“We’re so excited to celebrate Giving Tuesday with nonprofit organizations like Food Bank of Northwest Indiana that share our commitment to bring joy to children in our local communities who are battling hunger or illness,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair of the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We know how critical the services provided by the Food Bank are to kids in Northwest Indiana community, which is why we’re so proud to support their work.”
About the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is the largest hunger relief organization in Northwest Indiana, and the only food bank serving Lake and Porter counties. Since 1982, the Food Bank has provided countless nutritious meals to hungry neighbors across the Region, and in 2017 distributed a record-breaking 4.5 million meals into the community. Through its network of 100+ partner agencies, mobile food distributions, and direct service programs for seniors, adults, youth and families, the Food Bank gives hope and hunger relief to nearly 25,000 people each month. Visit foodbanknwi.org to learn more and join the fight against hunger today.
About the Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Joy in Childhood Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $18 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit https://www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org/.