Press release from the Community Harvest Food Bank:
Fresh Holsum Bread to feed hungry
Some consider it comfort food and right now during the holidays many who are struggling in northeast Indiana could use something to comfort them. So Holsum Bakery in Fort Wayne, a division of Lewis Bakeries, is donating another 2,000 loaves of fresh Holsum Sof-Twist bread to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana following a similar donation in November.
A number of years ago the Holsum Bakery in Fort Wayne decided to close their thrift stores and donate any surplus bread to Community Harvest Food Bank. On average, Community Harvest receives 5,800 pounds of bakery items from the bakery each week. However, in November, Wayne Davidson, President, Holsum Bakery Fort Wayne Division heard that Community Harvest had seen a 60% increase in need in the last 18 months and decided to increase its donations over the holidays to help.
“The intent is to help us keep up,” said Jane Avery, Community Harvest executive director. “Holsum Bakery has been affected by the economy just like everyone else but less so than others and they want to help their neighbors in need. This is a truly meaningful way that they can. They already donate a significant amount of bread and bakery items each week and this is a welcome addition. We are so grateful.”
According to Davidson, they are happy to help. “We wanted to do more aside from the donations we give each week,” Davidson said. “We here at Holsum want to reach out and provide good nutritious food to those in our community who are in need.”
About Community Harvest Food Bank
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 11 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. Website
About Lewis Bakeries
Ranking 30th among the top 100 wholesale bakeries in the U.S. and Canada, Lewis bakes hundreds of products, including many franchised and private label items in addition to its brand name baked goods. Lewis provides quality jobs for people in the community. Every day the company’s 2,600 employees provide fresh bakery products in 13 states and frozen products nationwide. Lewis’s aim has always been, and will continue to be, two-fold – to respond to consumers’ needs and to produce the very best bakery goods. Website