Tell Us What You Think

We are as heavily involved in gathering information right now as we normally are in gathering food. We are about mid-way through the mammoth project of the 2018 Hunger Study. This is a deep look at the circumstances of families who are in need of many kinds of assistance. This has been a national study coordinated by Feeding America every four years for a very long time. We are able to glean information so we can better understand the issues and potential impact of efforts we may engage in the future. The project started in the fall of 2017 by surveying the agencies we supply in all eight counties to get their input and prospective for present and future activities they partner with us to accomplish. The fall project was spearheaded for us through the Ball State University Sociology Department under the guidance of Lisa Pellerin, PhD, Director, Women’s & Gender Studies. Dr. Pellerin and her team gathered the data and formatted it into a useable report back to us. The next step in this lengthy process, again through the BSU Sociology Department, is being led by Melinda Messineo, PhD, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and her team. Dr. Messineo’s team will be surveying families at the agencies we work with to help provide valuable insights into the challenges and decision making these families face on a daily basis. We are planning to have the final report available for our use by fall of 2018 with, for the first time, county specific data from all eight counties.  This information has proven to be very useful in grant writing and community conversations.

We have also been gathering feedback through surveys from staff, interested individuals and organizations. We have reached out to all the counties we serve to help us gather opinions about our organization that will be very useful as we prepare to engage in our board/staff retreat. This retreat will lead us to Strategic Clarity 2019 -2021. Our vision, mission, purpose, goals and objectives will be refreshed from our current plan that began in 2016. We have made a strong commitment to keep our plan in front of us and not sitting on a shelf. I feel it has paid huge dividends in the community response and outcomes of our programming.

We are surveying over 2,000 families who are participating in our School Pantry Program. We are getting their input every six months about the programs impact for them and their children. They are providing great feedback that we are using to help guide this relationship building based program. Getting the first-hand view point from teachers, administrators and parents on an ongoing basis will enable us to work with the specific school resources and limitations to keep this long-term focused program on point.

An on-going listening tour with our investors is part of our focus as well. Yes, we do love to meet with our investors and provide an opportunity for them to ask questions and share viewpoints with us. The focus of the meeting is to share and learn. We sometimes learn that we must do a better job of communicating the ways that they can engage with us. Investors are a great source of information to expand and inform our views on public perception of this work.  We are engaged in conversations with other community stakeholders such as food councils, food summits, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), neighborhood associations, community outreach initiatives and through Q&A sessions after presenting at local, regional meetings and as guest presenter in several university classes in varying areas of study.


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Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies, programs and 22 schools provide food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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Black History From Our Beginning

To celebrate part of Black History Month, I wanted to offer the strong connection of roles that African Americans have filled from the beginning of our organization. Our organization was incorporated on July 25, 1983. The Articles of Incorporation filed with the State Attorney General list the following board members, most of which are African Americans; Mack Reese, Sr., Rev. John Anderson, Rev. Richard Gongwer, Rev. James Carter, Montague Oliver, Jr., Robert Hooker, Judy C. Miller and Pat Porter Howell.   This organization was developed from a grass roots group of Anderson residents who had seen the promise of food banking when such a program was operated from the Community Action program led by Jack Samuels. Although that early program faded out with the Community Action agency, city leaders, working with then mayor, Tom McMahan believed that food banking was a good solution to the problem of hunger in Madison County.

As to who the founders of the organization were in addition to the names on the AOI, other names that are listed in the history of our board of directors also include John Cooper, Jan. 84, Hazel Minnefield, Jan. 84, Dennis Newburn, Jan. 84, Bill Parrish, Feb. 84, Francis Weatherly, Jan. 84, Reverend Ray Wright, Feb. 84. , again many of which were African Americans. This nucleus of people along with those listed in the Articles of Incorporation were the very early pioneers seated at the table. Others were listed later in 1984 when they joined the board such as Adair Gibbs, John Brundage, Rosa Goldsmith, Art Overmyer, Angela Scott, Jim Smidebush, Jacque Stegall Bodenhorn, James Washington and Rev. Paul Wohlford.

Hazel Minnefield, one of the early board members, moved from board member into a Coordinator position, a first step at filling a staff position. She was trained in food bank operations at Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis as a Vista Volunteer and then was appointed by the board as the first Executive Director of the East Central Regional Indiana Food Bank, a position she held for five years. Her vision attracted the attention of the community which resulted in the development of the Food Bank as a regional food warehouse and distribution center with solid community funding, including that of United Way of Delaware, Madison and Grant counties.

The first of 3 warehouse locations in Anderson for this organization was a small building with a couple of offices and a rear storage area as big as a two car garage with an overhead door at 2428 S. Madison Avenue in Anderson.

I remember meeting and working with Hazel at the Madison Avenue location when I began on the board in 1985 and served as Chair in 1986. She was a small framed woman of slight build, but was definitely a determined woman in her passion for the mission of providing food assistance to those in need. She wasn’t afraid to ask and didn’t always accept the “first no” she got when she was trying to meet a need of the organization. She also had a positive enthusiastic demeanor that could pull you in to her point of view. Her will and determination to reach those in need was a driving force for this young organization. The general community found the ways and means to come along side and partner with this organization as the effort got off the ground setting the stage for what still happens to this day. Thanks goes to those early pioneers for their vision and commitment.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies, programs and 21 schools provide food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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We’re Planning an Amazing Year

The last 2 years we have seen an amazing transformation for our organization and I think we are just getting started. We are focused on not just the immediate food insecurity a family may be experiencing, but also the root causes that exist which may be keeping that family in a state of trauma. This more-holistic approach has led us develop short, medium and long term programming aimed at shortening the line of need.  Feeding America tells us that the average gap a food-insecure person has is 7 pounds of food per week, so a family of 4 needs an additional 28 pounds of food after they have exhausted their cash, SNAP benefits or any other food assistance programs they may access. 7 pounds is equal to almost 6 meals per week. Depending on a family’s circumstance, it could be more than 6 meals or less and it does vary from week to week, sometimes day to day.


Our School Pantry Program (our long -term strategy) is organized to provide that every family is getting at least 7 pounds of food per person. This program is bringing families and the school staff together in relationship building. This relationship component is what will provide long term impact for a child. We are getting some great feedback from school staff and parents who are participating. Such as – “Relationships are critical for building academics because until a child knows that you care about them, they won’t necessarily work as hard as they could have. When they want to impress you, when they don’t want to disappoint you and they know that you care and they trust you, they’ll move mountains for you. So we’ve always held onto the relationship piece as being critical to student success and that’s gone a long way through this program.”   – Melissa DeWitt, Grissom Elementary. This isn’t talking about a food distribution; it’s talking about a child positively responding by working harder in school when adults in their lives are working together.


Another prospective we received last week –

“A thriving family and a healthy family helps a child learn. It layers it. So, if we’re assisting the parents, once they come here and we’re assisting, it’s something to build on and help them meet their goals. Whether it’s the children or the parents, that’s what it’s really all about.”

“They come here and they’re so happy to see us not in the classroom, but being together helping their families. When you make a child happy by helping that home, it shows in their work. It shows in their attitude toward other students – they get so excited, you know ‘you’re here tonight!’  We’re stepping out of the norm, out of the classroom. We’re here to bring out community together and meet the needs.”

“It helps students thrive – when they feel they have a support it helps them thrive. It helps them not to feel so isolated, they feel like they can come to you if someone is bothering them.” Donna Sloss, Anderson Elementary. Again, it’s not about the food. It’s about relationships.


Schools, parents and children are seeing the benefits of this program. We now have 21 schools in 6 counties and will be adding more in 2018. Our funders are excited about this program, some have made multi-year commitments. We are looking for additional partners in funding and volunteering so let us know if you would like to make an impact in the lives of thousands of children and their families.



Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies, programs and 21 schools provide food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.


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$500 I Hadn’t Planned On

I was excited to get my car back today. It was in the repair shop for the last 29 days. I was involved in a fender bender which took me out of my normal routine to say the least. It was this time a year ago that a deer ran into the side of my car and caused extensive damage. That car had to be totaled. This year the accident was with another car and not nearly as serious, just a pain to deal with. The repair shop staff was great to work with and the insurance company was fine as well. A minor glitch occurred when the adjuster sent the check to the wrong address and it was returned to sender. I got a phone call from him when the check was returned and we discovered that someone in his office had keyed in our address as West instead of East so the check could not be delivered. He sent out another check and it arrived about 4 days later. All that remained was for me to pay the $500 deductible to move past this event and get back to normal.

If I were a financially struggling person this minor event might have been major with a capital M. Accessing $500 might have been too far to reach. It could have changed plans significantly in my household through all of 2018. I was able to rent a car and not miss work, but what if renting a car wasn’t an option? Trying to find a ride to work for 29 days could prove difficult since I work outside the county. Could my job be at risk? Presents under the tree? Doubtful. How much food would be provided or missed for months to come without that $500? If I was counting on that money to see my family through the coldest months of the year on the horizon, the temperature in the house might have to be turned down significantly or off whenever we could stand it. If any illness happens to pop up, the medical attention may have to wait or prescriptions may have to go unfilled. $500 may be the rent that I have to explain I can’t pay to the landlord who has let me slide before, but maybe not this time.  Which bad choice of these and others might I have to make?

It was 1979 and 2 days before Christmas. I got a phone call from my wife, who was at home with our 4 kids, which rearranged life for my family for several months. “We don’t have any water”. Oh the joys of living in the country! We had bought a “repo” on contract earlier in the year. The well pump had to be dug up in the front yard and everything had to be replaced, even the rusted out holding tank in the garage. I’m pretty sure we bought the Christmas presents for the plumber’s family that year. Things were more difficult after that for a while. I think it took all of 1980 to pay off that unexpected debt.

Today, I wrote the $500 check and was very thankful I had the money to do it, but will always remember when I didn’t. Others out there will experience an unexpected “curve ball from life” over the next few months which doesn’t make them a bad person who isn’t trying, but one who is just trying to get through to next week.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies, programs and 20 schools to provide food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.


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Feeding Off of the Community Energy

It is always exciting this time of year to read my email or pick up the ringing telephone and engage with an excited people who want to get knee-deep in our mission. There are many creative approaches that people come up with to address the challenges faced by thousands in the local community. As new developments continue to be rolled out through technology advancement, the business community and even individuals shopping on-line can just click and a donation can be made by the business to the buyer’s favorite charity. Such is the case for AmazonSmile. For over a year now, if you are planning to order through Amazon, you can visit to easily register to have 0.5% of your purchase price to be donated by Amazon to your favorite charity.

Help is on the way! Have you ever been in a difficult circumstance and heard those reassuring words? Last week we put out a message that we were experiencing a very low level of inventory and asked everyone in our service area to help if they could. Our inventory has been running at least 10 semi-loads lower that normal and it was affecting our ability to provide much variety to supply all the 115 agencies and 20 schools who are working hard to provide front-line emergency food provisions. We have been contacted by 3 different news agencies to do follow up articles on more behind the scenes information. We are seeing a response from the communities to help us and the inventory has begun to improve, but still a long way from where it needs to be. These things take time to change. We are talking about getting food from further away than normal and that costs more in freight to get it here. It is a daily topic here and will be for the foreseeable future, but we need to keep pushing for more progress.

I could not be more proud of our staff. They are a small group of dedicated, caring people who come here and do amazing things every day. Over the last 2 years, we have stretched ourselves beyond where we have traditionally been. We have morphed into areas of programming that are aimed at identifying the root causes of hunger and poverty as our top priorities. We are focused on relationship building to drive change for the families in poverty who seriously want to achieve a level of self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty. This longer term programming is a multi-year, slow burn approach that has the potential for families to make changes in their own lives that will have a generational impact to shorten the line of need.

We are committed to providing short term, emergency hunger relief FOR families, but are working very hard in these new program areas to engage WITH families in positive relationship building that will bring about lasting change. This carries over to the next generation and can establish a “New Normal” that can be lived out without the need for social safety net services. It is achievable, but you have a critical role to play to move it forward. Contact us if you’re ready to engage.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies, programs and 20 schools to provide food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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Remnants of the Hurricane are Still Impacting People

I met Eloy Lora-Trejo Jr. in Dallas last week while attending a Feeding America Fall Conference. Eloy was not with a food bank. He is part of the staff of the Westin Hotel where the conference was held. When we struck up the conversation on Thursday, he told me that he had joined the Westin team in Dallas on Monday. I was a bit taken back at his ease in his new surroundings. He was engaging and made me feel very comfortable as if I was talking to someone I had known for a while. We talked for a minute about the local weather which was a line of strong thunderstorms moving through the area. I shared with him that I had arrived on Tuesday night and had taken public transportation from the airport to where I thought the hotel to be and had gotten within 4 blocks where I had to get off the bus.

The storm was raging and I had to walk carrying my luggage trying to navigate unfamiliar territory in a driving rain at night. My glasses were of no use and reading street signs was really difficult. I managed to take a wrong turn and headed in the wrong direction. The water was over my shoes as I crossed each street and no one was around to ask for directions. I did run across 3 young women huddling under one umbrella and walking quickly coming in the opposite direction across the street. They were laughing hysterically, but I can’t imagine who they were laughing at.
I got to the hotel and was greeted with gasps and jaws dropping as I entered the registration area with other people checking in. The person behind the counter called to get me a couple of towels, but I told him he just needed to get a mop for the puddle I left on the floor. I peeled off the soaking wet clothes and hung them over the bath tub, they dried 2 days later but the shoes didn’t. It really didn’t matter, it was just stuff.

Eloy shared with me that it was not his first week in the hotel industry. He was a supervisor at the JW Marriott on Marco Island up until 2 weeks before. He was there when Hurricane Irma hit the gulf coast. The storm surge completely flooded out the property with lots of collateral damage. His own home had been without power for over 2 weeks. He had invited his displaced friends who were completely wiped out to move in with him so they could at least have a place to sleep.

Eloy’s company had contacted him and said if he wanted they would send him to Dallas to work at the Westin who was short-staffed until things could get back to normal on Marco Island. The management of the Westin was allowing him to live there during his time to work on the property. He was talking about how truly blessed he was to have been connected with this opportunity during this transitional time. He was in communication with his friends who are still staying at his home until their circumstances change, but that could be some time as well. He was as cordial and accommodating as anyone you could ever want to meet and his home and surroundings were literally in shambles, how gracious is that! You could tell the guy was a “pro” in his field and was completely genuine.

Life happens to everyone. Sometimes it’s wet clothes and sometimes you’re completely displaced for months. Next time it could be the other way around. I hope I could rise to the occasion and follow his example. Let’s not forget to consider the other person while standing in wet shoes.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies and programs provides food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month as defined by Feeding America, our national affiliate. The official color for HAM is Orange. The official Hunger Action Day was Thursday, September 14th. Our office entry is decked out for all volunteers to see and get caught up in the effort. Thanks to Will Britton, husband of Stacy Britton, our Coach for our Poverty Alleviation program we have a fantastic full-size graphic of an action hero, complete with cape and tights. Everyone is invited to stand behind it and place their head in the cut-out area for their official picture as a super-hero ready to make a difference for roughly 70, 000 people struggling with food insecurity in our 8 county service area. We encourage them to also snap a picture and post it on social media to their friends and followers and encourage them to get involved as well. I must say I cut quite a dashing figure in my cape and tights with a body like I never had or will have to show my support.

Orange is the hot color in our staff dress code these days. We have challenged our board to break out their favorite orange apparel (which is in short supply for most of us) and snap a picture to post their support as well. It’s not exactly the “ice bucket challenge” but across the nation we hope to set in motion some strong collective energy using the color orange to show not just concern, but action that will move the needle for some 41 million people who struggle to feed their families.

A topic that is a national tragedy we must touch on is the recovery effort in Texas, Florida and possibly other southern states as well. Our national network has already sent 347 semi-loads of food and supplies to Texas with more rolling in every day. Local interest in providing assistance was converted into action through our organization. We have sent supplies of water and paper towels to Texas through a local connection that was assembling supplies in northern Indiana right after the storm has passed. Several regional food banks in Texas were affected or closed, with many of the staffs affected in a significant way, but most have re-opened and are in operation 24/7 for the future until significant progress is made. Equipment, staff and supplies are being sent from around the network to provide round the clock operations. The coordinated effort will continue for many months to come. In Florida, a number of food banks have temporarily closed but anticipate re-opening in the next few days. Florida will no doubt be in similar circumstances and the effort by our network will pick up there as soon as the storm passes. Food and supplies are already being staged in Florida and Georgia.

If an event were to happen right here in East Central Indiana, we can be confident that all the Feeding America network support that is evident in the south right now would be deployed and would remain on-site as long as necessary for things to return to a level of normalcy. Wear your orange as often as possible this month and share your selfie to remind all your friends and family how fortunate we are at this point in time. Let’s all do what we can both locally and in disaster-stricken areas.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies and programs provides food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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Medical Students Get Hands-on Experience

Twenty- four 1st year medical students enrolled in the I.U. School of Medicine, I.U. Ball Memorial Campus visited our facility on August 14th for more interaction and hands on engagement with us. August 11th, Sarah Rivera, our Programs Manager, Dorica Watson, our Community Engagement Manager and I spent 2 hours in their class room to share with them some insights with poverty, food insecurity, prospective and relationships between wealth, middle income and poverty populations. We discussed our relationship with Feeding America, the national network with a reach of regional food bank touching every county in the U.S. As we moved through the discussion, the idea of what can they do and/or expect to see as doctors was shared as well. The ER is busy with lots of circumstances of people in poverty waiting too long to seek medical attention or running to the ER for every incident that may have been treatable through a family physician if they had the money to see one.

The group of 24 spent their time at our facility by taking a deeper dive into the poverty topic. After a tour, they got hands-on with helping us sort and package produce for distribution through the pantry system and other programs. We will also engaged them with a training exercise we offer to the community that asks them to pair with another student and navigate real life circumstances as a “family” in poverty could face. Another training exercise is more asset based and they will be asked to live for a month with limited resources. The last formal engagement with the students will provide them time to debrief about their experience through several presentations they will make to our team. Last year’s class spoke about how the information and hands-on experience gave them a better appreciation for the work we do, but also the life circumstances of a population that many of them will encounter professionally the rest of their working career.

As school is staring again, our rollout of new School Food Pantry Program continues. Between now and the end of 2017, we will have 14 more schools engaged in this relationship building program. The acceptance of this program has been very strong. Teachers are meeting and greeting the families they are now seeing on a regular basis. Schools who previously had parental interaction with parents in the single digits are now seeing hundreds of people on a regular basis. One school has been able to re-organize a parent- teacher organization with parents leading the way. Another school principal emailed me and said this program is the most positive thing he has experienced in 13 years as an administrator.

Community partners, both funders and volunteer groups, so far have signed on again or expanded their commitment for another year or have agreed to a multi-year commitment. The future development and expansion of this program is mapped out in a multi-year schedule with flexibility for new partnerships as they form. We will continue to engage communities in all 8 counties to consider investing in relationship building for the families and schools to positively impact the children as they move toward a sustainable future. Because we live here, we can address our community solutions by focusing on local relationships. It doesn’t require a bureaucratic national program. It requires local people to engage with other local people. This can be done whether you’re a doctor or a student.

Tim Kean is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. The Second Harvest Food Bank network of 115-member agencies and programs provides food assistance to more than 70,000 low-income people facing hunger in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Wabash Counties.

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Tools & Talk Aimed Toward Success

Our national affiliation with Feeding America provides us with some very valuable tools to use in our programs reflected in our mission. The boiled down version of our mission is to provide Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow. The gathering of resources includes, but not limited to – food deemed unsalable, but still nutritious and usable, the gathering of time and talents through volunteers and those who are willing to deeply engage in helping those in poverty committed to finding a way out.

The Help for Today is visible in the form of 1) semi-trucks unloading food to waiting families in cars in line for hours, 2) church food pantries serving people who walk in looking for enough resources to cover the gap in their ability to feed their families.

Hope for Tomorrow looks like 1) now in the evenings at several neighborhood schools who are creating a new positive relationship with hundreds of families while distributing food, and 2) this also can be found in weekly evening meals shared between people in poverty and those working with them to assist in finding a way out. Our Delaware County Circles Program has engaged people in poverty, middle income and wealth to regularly meet and form intentional relationships by providing a listening ear, tools and methods designed to provide a pathway out of poverty aimed at self-sufficiency.

The Map the Meal Gap study provided and updated annually by Feeding America gives us up to date data points to keep us on target with all these efforts. From this study we know that the average food insecure person has a gap of about 7 pounds of food each week that they are not able to cover from all their resources. So a family of 4 would need to secure about 28 pounds of food each week to have their food needs met and not miss any meals. This piece of data is the baseline for distribution in our School Pantry Program and how we will be working with new agencies in the future.

We are now in the midst of meetings in each of the 8 counties we serve in East Central Indiana. These County Conversations are designed for open 2-way communication with all our agencies. We hear and share plans on moving forward to manage the effort of providing hunger relief (Help for Today), and relationship building with Circles and in our neighborhood schools with staff and parents (Hope for Tomorrow). We have engaged all counties with this type of direct communication for about 4 years and it has proven to be effective. Our Program Manager, Warehouse Manager and I will be there to dialogue about questions, concerns and share ideas. This has proven to be effective in eliminating ambiguity and broken lines of communication. We would love for all agencies to participate but attendance is optional. We have much to gather. If you, the public would like to participate, we would love to work with you.

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Pulling in the Same Direction

We have a small staff compared to most food banks (regional warehouse & distribution centers) – 18 to be exact. It is very important that our staff is on the same page with our planning and efforts to drive our programming to the highest possible level of impact we can produce. We could not reach the people we reach without lots of help from lots of people.

We work with a dedicated group of agency partners who are on the front lines of distributing food to struggling people through church food pantries, soup kitchens and community centers.

These dedicated people have devoted many years to opening their doors to the community to serve as each feels called to do so by conscience or faith and sometimes both.

Our connections continue now through the school systems in several counties. We will have 12 schools in several counties now working with us to reach struggling parents and their children with not just food assistance, but new positive relationships that are building the foundation for children to improve and consider a brighter future that they had thought about before. There are even connections within each school program with local churches, businesses, organizations and individuals that have come together to foster this relationship.

We have a direct service program for food distribution in each county called the Tailgate Distribution. This is happening with the support of some very dedicated volunteers who brave the elements and use their hands and backs to get large amounts of food out to a large number of people in a short time. Many locations are staffed by unique volunteers who have stepped up to help for many years.

We are also blessed to have thousands of volunteers who come to our warehouse and help keep our office running, pack and sort food and help keep the facility very clean.

Some come for a special “community work day”. Some come for the reason of satisfying a class requirement or a service learning project, but many come just because they see a need and want to be a part of the solution.

For all of this to function smoothly requires intense coordination by this small staff of people who all are striving to do their best. We feel the effect very quickly when someone is sick or on vacation. This effort allows millions of pounds of food to get into the hands of those who would do without if we weren’t here. This food would be in the landfill and tens of thousands of people would not be eating around the table tonight. In the course of the work week it could easy to begin to take for granted all the human resources we have connection with throughout the 8 counties to make a difference for many people we will never meet. But, it is important to stop and acknowledge all who are involved and just say thank you for all you do to help us all pull in the same direction.

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