Now through May 31st the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and The Times Media Company are holding Summer Care and Share Food Drive. The purpose of the drive is to fill 1,000 “Share Boxes” for children in need. For many children the only meals they are sure to receive are the breakfast and lunch they receive through the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs. When summer rolls around these children don’t know where their next meal will come from. The Summer Care and Share Food Drive will help provide these children with nutritious food during the summer holiday.
Each “Share Box” will be filled with cereal, oatmeal, canned vegetables, canned fruits, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, boxed dinners, beef stew and canned tuna. Food from this list can be donated at any Strack & Van Til Food Market, Town and County store, Ultra Foods store or The Times offices. Food can also be donated online through a virtual food drive by visiting: http://www.timescareandshare.com A copy of the “Share Box” shopping list with the quantities needed of each item is also available on that site.
“There are more than 46,000 children in Lake and Porter Counties that are on the free and reduced lunch program. Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, that’s why it’s so important for us to really amp up our efforts and make sure that these kids have something to eat when they are out of school,” said Food Bank Executive Director Arleen Peterson.
The Food Bank and their member agencies also participate in the Summer Food Services Program which also targets children in need over summer break. For more information about that program please contact the Food Bank at 219-980-1777. To request a “Share box” please call the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The Food Bank will be taking registrations for the boxes Monday, May 13th through June 3rd.