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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Food Finders shortly after the passing of my older brother. He had, on occasion, needed the assistance. I have worked at the warehouse and my family of 7 worked a "Families Feeding Families" event. What really gets to me though is the Tuesday Whistle Stop, to be there with the people and show them kindness and a commitment to them; as someone once did to my brother. it means the world to me as I see the same faces each week and they know that someone cares. What I once did in honor of by brother, I now do for us both. I thank the volunteers and staff af Food Finders for their non-stop work in obtaining and delivering food and for being a presence in the lives of so many.

Jamie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on 3 occasions with the Lafayette FoodFinders. I thorougly enjoy my time there and everyone is very helpful and kind. I have been recruiting coworkers and friends to volunteer as well and we are trying to get a group scheduled.

Jennie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Food Finders at one of their mobile pantries, distributing food to those in need in our community. The organization, professionalism and care that Food Finders puts in to their methods shines through during this type of event. They were extremely coordinated, making it easy for us volunteers to participate and always have a role. The way they care for each individual as they go through the line shows they are dedicated to really serving the people and not themselves. There's nothing exciting about experiencing people in need, but Food Finders is a glimmer of hope to those that otherwise would be without nourishment for them and their families. It was a rewarding and enlightening experience and I am proud to have them in our community.

lisaraenae

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Finders does a great job of obtaining, organizing, delivering, and distributing a lot of needed food to those who have limited incomes and food in our communities. The mobile, well-organized and refrigerated distribution centers (trucks!) are great resources to the communities. The coordinators are phenomenal at quickly organizing and employing volunteers from all walks of life into aiding in the distribution to those in need. I love working with this group!

tfitzwater

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is awesome and very Christ like it shows the true meaning of love and giving in the name of Jesus. God bless food finders and its founders

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Food Finders makes a difference in my community in Tippecanoe County. I am privileged to
donate by time to such a worthwhile organization. I see members of the community being
helped that have no where else to turn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Finders help people around the city of Lafayette. They make a difference to the people and many volunteers are willing to help out.

Cheryl44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with the mobile truck on several occasions and seeing the grateful faces for whatever we happened to have that day was very though provoking. People grateful for bread or fresh vegetables. It was very humbling.

Lori41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lafayette Food Finders works so very hard to meet the needs of our community and the surrounding community. They see a near and find away to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Food Finders of Lafayette Indiana for several months now; I'm only able to get there once or twice a month, but it has been a great experience. The organization seems well run and reaches a very large service area. There are many opportunities to volunteer: onsite, mobile pantry, special events, to name a few. The employees I have met are friendly & seem genuinely excited about their very important mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we go to Food Finders it is so nice to find such helpful and pleasant people to assist us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Food Finders Food Bank is an absolutely wonderful place to volunteer. Their volunteer coordinator is extremely helpful and motivated and all of the employees at Food FInders do their best to help the community in any way possible. They truly care about Lafayette. I look forward to going to volunteer in a positive atmosphere each week. They appreciate their volunteers and I feel like I am really making a difference when I am there.

Leanna G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amazing people at Food Finders go above and beyond every day to eradicate hunger in the communities they serve. From piloting programs outside of the scope of their "regular job" to constantly seeking innovative ways to get more funding to serve more people, they are committed to the work they do. I love how they create flexible opportunities for everyone to serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here for a few days during the summer after seeing an article in the newspaper. I thought it was a very good experience for me to see the work that Food Finders Food Bank does. One of the primary things I did during my volunteer work there, was make laundry detergent for buyers. It never occurred to me that Food Finders not only worked with finding food for those in need, but also provided them with other necessities such as detergent. I think this is a great organization, and I would like to continue volunteering there.

Linda117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met the FoodFinders Food Bank when I was working with the summer lunch program at our church. Each day we provided cold lunches for the children of the neighborhood who normally would have eaten free lunches at school in the winter. It was marvelous to watch these children eat a healthy lunch then play, but it broke my heart to watch some of the parents who obviously needed a lunch too, but were excluded from the program. Our pastor got hold of Food Finders and they came to the church with food for us to give to the families. To watch the kids jump up and down because they got "tuna helper" in their sack for dinner made me want to cry! Many parents went away with heartfelt gratitude for what they recieved. Now my situation has changed, and my husband lost his job. Now I am the one who follows the food truck and waits in long lines to get the produce and tuna helper. We don't qualify for food stamps because we are drawing from retirement savings to keep our house. The food I get at give-aways gives us variety and produce that I can't afford to buy. I am grateful for the Food Finders truck!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great source of food for those who need it. The staff at Foodfinders in Lafayette Indiana are just wonderful. They care....they help....they participate in the process. They are always on time with their trucks and do a great job anticipating the needs of the community. I have been volunteering for about a year or so and we have always had a wonderful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Food Finders Food Bank several years ago through Tri Kappa. Volunteering with their mobile food pantry has been a very personal rewarding experience for me. Seeing the hope, appreciation, and happiness on the faces of those Food Finders Food Bank helps is a sight I will not forget.