News release from the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana:
Community Harvest Ribbon Cutting & Public Open House
(August 30, 2012) – Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana will officially cut the ribbon celebrating the completion of renovations at its Tillman Road facility. The public is invited to join Community Harvest board and staff and special guests at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 5 for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony guided public tours will be offered until 4:00pm for visitors to view the renovations which include the expanded Community Cupboard, a new cooler/freezer, an improved reclamation area, the enlarged SeniorPak and Kids BackPack staging area, and more.
Who: Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc., Jane Avery, Executive Director; Mike Packnett, CEO Parkview Health and Community Harvest Capital Campaign Co-Chair; Matt Bell, Ivy Tech Corporate College and CHFB Board President; Christopher Guerin, Sweetwater Sound and Chairman, Hunger: Help us Fill the Need capital campaign; VIPs and the general public.
What: Ribbon Cutting & Open House to celebrate completion of Tillman Road facility renovation
When: Wednesday, September 5
Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 10:00am and Public Guided Tours 10:30am – 4:00pm
Where: 999 E. Tillman Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Why: In September 2010 CHFB kicked off its Hunger: Help us Fill the Need $5 million capital campaign. The goal was to update, enhance and renovate both of its facilities in order to improve operations and replace some of our aging fleet of trucks to better help meet the growing need to provide nutritious food to those in northeast Indiana who are struggling. Work began on the Tillman Road warehouse facility in January 2012 and that renovation is now complete.
Community Harvest Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in northeast Indiana, annually distributing 11 million pounds of food. Community Harvest collects wholesome surplus food and grocery products donated by the food industry – products that might otherwise go to a landfill – and other donors and utilizes it for hunger relief. The food is distributed by 430 human service agencies and churches in its member agency network, serving 21,100 unduplicated clients per week throughout its nine northeast Indiana county service area. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and youth and senior citizen programs. Community Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH). For more information, visit.