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Food Finders Food Bank Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: Food Finders Food Bank collaborates with other organizations to provide food for those in need and to educate, advocate and address food insecurity in North Central Indiana.

Target demographics: children, families, seniors, and veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 79,390 people facing hunger received more than 5.5 million meals

Geographic areas served: North Central Indiana

Programs: Agency Partner, BackPack, Summer Food Service, Senior Grocery and Mobile Pantry

Community Stories

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to Food Finders for about a year now. I started going because family and friends familiar with my financial situation, encouraged me to go because they have had such good experiences. At first I was a little hesitant, never having done it before, but that subsided quickly. The volunteers have always been so kind and helpful. Every volunteer is always smiling, positive attitudes and so helpful. Even helping you take your items to your vehicle . They truly go above and beyond to help . Then there is the abundance of food that you get!!!!! I have been able to have plenty of food thinks to your organization . Without your help I hate to think what I would be able to afford. One month I was really hoping for maybe a 5 lb. bag of potatoes. HA!!! I got a 15 lb bag of HUGE beautiful baking potatoes!!!!! Your generosity has also allowed me to share with others who could use the help. And I tell people regularly about your food truck visits. Thank you for the wonderful service that you do!!!!! I am so grateful and thankful for all that you do!!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food finders Rock

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe that you are doing a great job in helping to feed America . God is watching and He is being blessed by you blessing others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I have started going to Food Finders Food Pantry when I run short thru out the month with pantry on Greenbush in Lafayette I live the other food pantries for others. What I recieve for 1 day lasts me 2 or more plus I go to the mobile food trucks when they email me and that is plenty enough to help offset my food stamps. Sometimes when I have an over abundance I turn around and pay it forward to a few of my neighbors with children I know that need the help also. I alo spread the word around the park the day before the truck so that everyone can find a ride to get there. I am also a volunteer because I believe in giving back in any way possible that I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Finders not only distributes food to many food pantries in Lafayette but also has their own food pantry open 5 days a week. They really care about the people who can't afford enough food. They also offer classes and have resource coordinators to help clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are helping my mom have groceries in the house. I didn't see anything they could have improved on.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish they could give more meat. They do very well serving us that needs some food. Greatly appreciated it. Hopefully you guys can do it more often.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization has been thoroughly impressed with Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. for several years. The interactions with the staff via phone, email, and in person is always extremely professional. We receive communications well in advance for food deliveries, mobile food pantry days, etc. allowing us to plan accordingly. Food Finders has been a great partner to help us relieve food insecurities in our local community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Athens Community Church had a dream of expanding their "bookcase pantry ministry" and after contacting "The Cross" in Rochester, Indiana and taking a tour of their operation, Pastor Wanda Carter and Sue Horn of the Athens Community church decided to take a step in faith by opening "Mike's Market" in honor of Sue Horn's deceased Pastor Husband, who passed away with the dream of a full-fledged pantry unfulfilled. The Cross agreed to provide assistance through delivering food to "Mike's Market" monthly due to a grant they had received to help other pantries in the area. After a successful start, Pastor Wanda and Sue attended informational meetings and visited area pantries and learned of "Food Finders" as an additional source of supply. After contacting Food Finders and completing necessary paper work and meeting with Briton Weise and receiving approval of their application, The Athens Community Church was able to purchase food from the Lafayette warehouse and have it delivered to "The Cross" in Rochester where Athens Volunteers were able to pick it up and transport it to Mike's Market at Athens. We've found the folks at Food Finders to be most helpful in helping with orders and making it easy for us to learn the necessary program for ordering. We've never felt intimidated by personnel or by necessary record keeping. Our impression of Food Finders is "They want us to succeed" and be able to feed those around us who need assistance. We can't really say enough about their help and their desire to help feed America......one little piece at a time.

Pastor Wanda Carter & Sue Horn, director.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Finders is terrific. They gather so much good food from farmer's markets, supermarkets, and restaurants, and distribute to the community. They also set up lunches for kids during summer break when they might go hungry without school lunches.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in the pantry at Food Finders , although my primary role is as a volunteer community educator. Offering a varied and relevant series of classes for the community makes Food Finders unique among food pantries. Classes offerings range from healthy nutrition and smart shopping choices to conflict and stress management to workplace preparation. The environment at Food Finders is friendly and supportive. Food Finders is a "go to" place in the community for many who are challenged with food scarcity and other life issues. As a volunteer, I love going there because I am treated with respect and appreciation by staff and community members attending classes. It's a wonderful resource for Lafayette and a wonderful place to volunteer.
Beth Goodman

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the classes, especially the ones pertaining to food. I've found a lot of great information on different types/styles of making meals. The Food Pantry helps me make great choices since I don't take the "desserts" but just the healthy stuff. This gives me more money to spend on food that isn't normally stocked like milk, bananas, etc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like a lot. Of people my wife &myself.Are on a fix income and cannot go to the store all the time. So with the pantry s and the mobile food truck is a great help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The pantry serves so many people. Food Finders offers endless volunteer opportunities as well and this is great for the community and the individuals wanting to help make a difference in their neighborhood.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The fact that they are mobile in my area has helped me get the food I need so much more convenient.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Food Finders is one of the best non-profits in Tippecanoe County. From quality staff to effective programs, FF is literally front line help for those that struggle to afford basic food, as well as resource support for a network of other food pantries and programs that reach out to those in need. Excellent organization with a heart for people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got to know about this pantry through a friend and on my first visit, I was impressed at there service. They attend to every one as if they are been paid to serve. They are fully out there to assist every one within there capacity and what they have at there disposal. They put smile on everyone that comes to the pantry face. No matter how little it maybe sometimes you'll be glad when leaving.

Dada Ademola A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am, a counselor and I counsel the mentally ill . they have their special needs and it is hard for them to reach the sites of distribution sometimes so I take them or even I go on their behalf. the drivers and the distributors are always willing to help, the food is nice and frozen and the line goes pretty smoothly most of the time. they come tot he sites on time; assemble and dismantle very efficiently.the staff at food finders works very hard and experience the nature elements just like the people in the line and make sure that the tables are replenished in a good way to facilitate the timeliness of the distribution. unfortunately the meat/dairy distribution is not always available or in sufficient quantities to serve a family of four or larger. keeping in mind that seniors live with their children quite commonly.. over all, food finder is excellent and serve with dignity and Christian attitude. I personally want to be able to join food finders and get my food through paying food finder myself and picking the food in Lafayette. I have left several messages to the staff in charge and did not get an answer yet.. I have my own counseling practice. I am credentialed. I wish them continued success and the very best in their effort to serve the population.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Samaritan Love Center could not have Survived without the help of FOOD FINDERS. We have for many years received free food, as well as have bought food and other necessities from them. We can't thank them enough for all the help they have given us. I urge all pantries to get involved with them. The staff is kind, considerate and always willing to help you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything is going well with Food Finders but some of the Volunteers need more training on how the Food Pantry works to ensure a more smoother transitions for the clients.