How You Can Help Us
You can help us carry out our mission with:
- Financial donations
- Equipment you or your company no longer uses or that is being replaced
- Food from companies and food drives
- Volunteer assistance
- Spreading the word
Please call (219) 980-1777 for more information.
Food Bank Experiencing Growing Pains
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is seeking to relocate its operations to a new home. Reasons for the relocation are many. At the top of the list is storage. Currently the food bank is operating with slightly less than 13,000 square feet in a warehouse donated in the early 1990s by Donald and Elinor Ewen. Often during the year we find ourselves at capacity and having to turn away or delay food donations. Parallel reasons include inadequate administrative space, no staging area for pre-sorting orders, and no dock space to ease loading and unloading of trucks. A secondary reason is physical condition of the current facility. The current bank has to deal with a leaky roof during heavy rain. Because the food bank is located on marshy land, water seeps into the building in several locations. These problems in particular mean more creativity in storing food product away from leaky areas, adding to the problem of inadequate space.
Uppermost in the minds of the staff, board of directors, and member agencies is to determine a location with access to major roadways so that we can best serve our member agencies. Currently, we have agencies in every city in Lake County and one in most Porter county cities that need to travel to our facility to pick up food products.
Ideally, the food bank hopes to find a generous benefactor with an appropriate building for sale/lease at a very low rate. Minimum building requirements:
- 60,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space
- Office space for 6 persons
- Reception space
- Minimum of one dock
- Fridge space (500 sq. ft. minimum)
- Freezer space (600 sq. ft. minimum)
To help, contact Arleen Peterson at 219.980.1777.