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Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Continues to Distribute Food in Lake Station

Release Date - Apr 18, 2014

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is a distributor of food only to pantries in our network. On Thursday April, 17, 2014 the Food Bank had to suspend their contract with the Greater Hammond – Lake Station Pantry due to the indictment of the Pantry Director, Deborah Soderquist. No money was taken from the Food Bank and the Food Bank did not remove any food items that were donated by the general public, or food that had been received from the Food Bank through our other operations. We were required by law to pick up The Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities product that had been supplied to this pantry when a pantry is suspended. The food will be redistributed back to the Lake Station community through our mobile pantry.

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will continue to distribute food to more than 90 member agencies that are located in Lake and Porter counties, including distribution through our mobile pantry program. Kevin DeVries, Board President states that “Our commitment to Lake Station and all communities we serve---has not changed. We know that the more than 104,000 food insecure people we serve need our resources of food.” The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will hold a food drive from May 1- May 30, the Times Care and Share Food Drive, please visit for more information. The drive will help to collect 1000 boxes of shelf stable food. We will dedicate 200 of those boxes to the Lake Station community residents.

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