Press release from the Community Harvest Food Bank:
Boys & Girls Club Families Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast
Nearly 600 low income children and adults in Fort Wayne will be able to enjoy fellowship and a hearty Thanksgiving meal thanks to a partnership between the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Ceruti’s, Aunt Millie’s Bakery, and the Greater Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Fort Wayne.
The meal was the brainchild of Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne executive director, Joe Jordan. Jordan pulled together all the partners to help realize his dream. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to make sure many families in our community have a happy Thanksgiving,” said Jordan. “There is no greater way to achieve that than to partner with other organizations of like missions.”
Community Harvest Food Bank supplied food for the feast. Executive director, Jane Avery knows all too well the critical need to help feed those affected by poverty, especially children and the elderly. “It breaks my heart to see so many hungry children in our community,” said Avery. “With the Child Nutrition Act up for reauthorization it will take everyone on all levels to work together to make sure every child has food to eat. And public/private partnerships like this one will help defeat hunger in our community.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne are coordinating the meal for members of their clubs located at the Fort Wayne Housing Authority’s Brookmill Apartments and McCormick Place Apartments. Maynard Scales, Executive Director FW Housing Authority wholeheartedly supported the event. Ceruti’s is graciously donating its staff and kitchen facilities to prepare most of the food donated by Community Harvest, Aunt Millie’s Bakery will donate dinner rolls and dessert, and the Greater Mount Ararat Baptist Church is providing space for the McCormick Club to dine.
About Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne
The Fort Wayne Club was started in 1989 by a small group of community leaders who felt the city had a need for a place young boys and girls could go after school and in the summer and get positive reinforcement in an open, accepting environment. The first Club was an old Parks & Recreation Building located on Minor Street. In the early 1990’s the Club’s added on two Public Housing Clubs and also began a capital campaign to build the current 21,000 square foot facility on Fairfield Avenue. Today the Club operates three sites, the Fairfield location and Club sites at two Public Housing properties: Brookmill Court and McCormick Place. The organization serves approximately 1,400 registered members annually. website
About Community Harvest of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources. As the largest food bank in northeast Indiana, it collects and distributes over 10 million pounds of donated, surplus food annually through a network of human service member agencies. These agencies offer assistance to hungry people, acting as a safety net to ensure that everyone receives their daily bread with dignity. Â website
About Fort Wayne Housing Authority
The mission of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority is to provide good quality, affordable housing and superior services to eligible members of the Fort Wayne community and to maintain an atmosphere which encourages self-sufficiency. Â website
Ceruti’s Catering is a family owned full service catering company that provides great tasting food with outstanding service at a very competitive price. Ceruti’s has enjoyed serving our customers since their inception in the early 1950’s. Â website