FOOD FINDERS FOOD BANK INC

Rating: 4.78 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 50 Olympia Ct Lafayette IN 47909 USA

Mission: Food Finders Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in mid-north Indiana by locating food and other nonfood items that might otherwise be wasted and redirecting them to nonprofit agencies that serve low-income Hoosiers.
Geographic areas served: Mid-North Indiana
Programs: BackPack Program, Summer Food Service Program, Mobile Pantry Program
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders allows our organization to keep our food pantry in operation by providing us with low cost and free items of food, in addition to other sundry items when available. We purchase the vast majority of our food from Food Finders, not just due to their low prices per pound or per case but also due to the caring and dedicated nature of their staff and volunteers. The mobile food pantries that Food Finders operates are a godsend to our local friends and neighbours ; delivering much needed food directly to the hearts of our communities.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We run a local food bank for our church and it is great to have Food Finders as a donation site that we can shop in one place with reasonable rates, large selection of food items as well as non perishable items we are blessed to have them in our community to help keep our pantry opened and feeding our neighors..

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders food bank helps distribute nutritional food to those in need. They have mobile pantries that commute to various towns in several counties in the northern half of indiana. They are a support unit by means that they assist by giving nutritional food to accomondate times when nutrition may be lacking in a home. The summer months are the hardest for families due to children being home and that extra food is needed, where normally a meal is provide at school. I have volunteered at several mobile pantries near by and I helped others who needed the food by telling them, taking them to the pantry and picking up food for those that cant get it themselves. I have seen pregnant women, children, the elderly and the disabled recieve nutritious food from Food Finders. I am thankful for this organization and believe that it is a tremendous support unit for the people of these communities of northern Indiana. It is a God sent organization for these individuals that need the extra assistance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Right now nothing, because they are serving communities at there best.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Food finders food bank travels to many small towns with there mobile food pantries. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the mobile food pantries at several different towns. I have seen families of young and old receiving assistance. The individuals get to pick out their own preferred taste of food out of several boxes and in each box their contains meat, vegetables, breads, and maybe fresh produce. It all depends on what people donate to the facility. It has been a pleasure and a memorable experience to help distribute food to those in need of food. To me food finders is a safety net kind of for those that just dont have enough funding to buy food for the month. Thank God that the food finders food bank exist, because with this economy and the lack of employment many families have a dire need for this type of support. Thank you to the food finders staff and all who donate! Love in Christ, Tammy

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are a retired couple who had their oldest child and family move back in with us when they fell on hard times. We could not feed everyone in the house but found we made too much money for food stamps. They only have one part time income so their resources were limited. I use to get help from Food Finders for a non-profit agency when I was the Executive Director and had remained on the email list. I found we could get help at the local Food Finders trucks. It has been a great resource for our family and a God-send when we are struggling. Not only do they have food but often we get special treats that make life better. Thank God and all those supporters of Food Finders for helping us when we could not find help anywhere else.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer my services to help even more people and communities. They are wonderful!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders is a model nonprofit organization in the Greater Lafayette community. Over the past five years, they have greatly increased the amount of food distributed to local food pantries. They have also started the mobile food pantry, an innovative means to distribute more food to people in need. I can think of very few other nonprofits in the area that continuously innovate and tirelessly work to improve their operations as Food Finders does. Lafayette is lucky to have caring volunteers and staff at Food Finders who are committed to alleviating hunger in this community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

My name is Lynn Johal and I'm the Director of the St. John's/LUM Food Pantry (a choice pantry) in Lafayette, IN. We are one of the largest pantries in the 16 county area served by Food Finders (FF). Last year we served a whopping 8,397 households. May of 2013 we served 694 households, representing some 2,179 family members. We have ~60 volunteers that help out at our pantry.

Last year 47% of our food came from FF + another 36% came to us as USDA/TEFAP (free commodities) via FF. Our pantry therefore relies heavily on the resources available at FF. I'm impressed with the staff at FF; they are always helpful to answer questions quickly and respond to the unique situations that arise at our pantry. The online ordering has really streamlined our process as we shop twice each week at FF. I've met on ocassion with Katy Bunder (FF director) and Kier Crites (FF outreach) and they have listened to our pantry's specific needs and given us helpful suggestions to make our pantry even more efficient. Right now we are holding monthly cooking classes for our clients, with the help of Purdue Extension, and FF staff is watching closely to see if this might be a model for other area food panties.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve emergency access to food pantries need when they are facing empty shelves. In the present situation, orders must be placed with FF at least 3 business days in advance. We faced such a situation this week after having a couple of days exceeding 60 clients/day. I recognize that emergency access to food poses challenges for an agency as large as FF.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a Head Start teacher and family facilitator I see many struggling families through out each school year and Food Finders Food Bank Inc. helps insure these parents they will have food to feed their children as the parents struggle to find ways to fill their other monthly needs. This food allows these children to be healthier, able to attend school, and to learn on a daily basis. Services received from Food Finders Food Bank Inc. gives these children life changing alternatives that they may not have received normally.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I see efforts at constant improvement and respectful, caring delivery of services. Easy place to volunteer for meaningful work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

This has been wonderful and very helpful. Sometimes it is the only food I have had. I am so thankful and would help volunteer if I had transportation to and from. Thank you so much.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get started on time at the locations and distribute at a place that has shelter for the long waiting times. Some of us are not to be in the sun but have no choice at times. Otherwise it is run efficiently.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Food Finders is an exceptionally valued resource in surrounding communities. It has helped thousands supplement their food budget and keep from going hungry. Their food is quality items and the volunteers are happy to help each person. They do not make you feel like a beggar. Personally I wish they would run each stop the same such as giving out numbers to the people in line so the ones that have been waiting for 3 to 4 hours (yes we have to wait that long to have a place in the line) could keep their place instead of ones coming at the last minute and line jump in front of those waiting for so long. This is so unfair to those waiting. And the person needs to be there to get their number. I have seen friends or family members take 3 to 5 numbers and then hand them to people who come at the last minute. Some of us have appointments to keep and try to get food but are pushed further back and then after waiting for hours have to leave just before we can get to the food truck. Also it would be nice if the sponsoring business had a place for clients to sit out of the sun or bad weather while waiting. due to health issues and the hot sun - I almost had a stroke one day in the sun. Otherwise this is a fabulous and much needed resource and has helped thousands of people. You get something from all the food groups and sometimes little surprises also. I hope they make the Top Rated Nonprofit list as they well deserve it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a director of a food pantry and therefore a client of Foodfinders Food Bank in Lafayette. The foodbank supplies our pantry with all kinds of food to redistribute to needy people in our community. Some food is purchased at wholesale prices by the case and the majority is supplied at minimal charge to the pantry. Not only do they strive to have a large selection of foods for the hungry, the staff goes above and beyond in helping it's agencies. Always quick to answer emails, phone calls, and assisting the pantry in every way possible.......we couldn't do it without them. Last month we were able to serve 533 families because of our association with Foodfinders.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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