Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana news release:
Rifkin Family Foundation Donates $25,000 to Community Harvest’s Kids BackPack Program
(August 21, 2020) – The Rifkin Family Foundation has made a donation of $25,000 in support of the Kids BackPack program at Community Harvest Food Bank. The funding will support the program through the purchase of food that benefits more than 400 children and teens currently enrolled in the program.
The Kids BackPack provides weekend food to disadvantaged and at-risk youth when other resources are unavailable. Ten-pound bags are distributed to children and teens through partner feeding sites at the end of each week. Each bag provides shelf stable fruits, vegetables, soups, protein, boxed meals, snacks, and juice/milk.
“From the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful for the Rifkin Family Foundation’s support,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest Executive President. “The COVID-19 crisis has affected not only families, but children across northeast Indiana. There are so many uncertainties right now, and lack of food should not be another worry that kids face.”
“The Rifkin Family Foundation is pleased to help support the outstanding work that Community Harvest is doing to help children in our community through its Kids BackPack program, especially given the impact that the COVID pandemic is having on so many people.” said Danny Rifkin, a Trustee of the Foundation. “The focus of this particular program is also well aligned with our Foundation’s concentration on causes that are directed towards children and education.”
The $25,000 will provide more than 3,500 pre-packed food bags to children and teens in northeast Indiana, enough to feed 150 kids on the program for the next six months.
For more information about hunger relief programs at Community Harvest Food Bank, or to find out how you can participate, please visit www.chfb.org.
About Community Harvest Food Bank
Established in 1983, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. feeds 21,100 people every week. Last year, CHFB distributed 13.8 million pounds of food to nearly 85,000 unique individuals. Donna Van Vlerah serves as Board Chair, Carmen Cumberland serves as Executive President, and John Wolf serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Community Harvest is one of 200 Feeding America member food banks in the United States, and one of 11 regional members of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Community Harvest feeds hungry people in the nine counties of northeast Indiana. For more information, please visit www.chfb.org.