Merry Meals

Merry Meals is a charitable organization seeking to provide families with a Christmas dinner who otherwise may not have a holiday meal. All of the the organization's resources have been donated by its members and other concerned individuals in the community including local businesses.

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Rose Gray Hilltop Food Pantry

In operation since 1996; a neighborhood food pantry that serves approximately 600 individuals a month, year round. At holidays, food baskets are prepared for needy families to provide meals for family gatherings. Coat drives provide warm clothing during the cold winter months. School supplies and vouchers for new shoes are provided in September for children going back to school. 

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Café Manna

Every Thursday evening, volunteers serve a hot nourishing meal to as many as 350-375 guests at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center in Valparaiso. An environment to eat at Café Manna is available, as well as delivery for those who do not have transportation available. A ministry of the Center, Cafe Manna is always open to volunteers. 

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NWI Food Swap

Food swaps are recurring events where members of the community share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community.

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ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen

ArtHouse is a unique destination for food, culture, and art in Gary. The reimagined space provides access to a commercial training kitchen for local residents and emerging businesses, culinary business incubation (CBI) and operation space, a pop up café shaped by CBI participants, community dinners in Gary homes and the café, and gallery/exhibition space. 

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Slow Food South Shore

Slow Food South Shore is a chapter of the Slow Food USA organization. Our mission is to promote the growth and consumption of high-quality, nutritious local foods in the community and homes of all income levels by partnering with farmers and like-minded organizations to create events focused on food access, security, and education. Our chapter is made up of local advocates, restaurateurs, businesses, and community members focused on educating the community about Slow Food practices.

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The Bridge Food Pantry

Our food pantry is open to the public every second Saturday of each month; 9:00am-11:00am (cst).  If you have a valid state ID that shows you are a resident of the state of Indiana, you can come see if your income qualifies for our pantry.   With the help of numerous volunteers, our food pantry runs smoothly and discreetly to get you in and out in a timely manner.

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Planting Possibilities

Planting Possibilities is a not-for-profit with the mission to provide employment, job skills training, and fulfilling volunteer opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. It is our goal to build a greenhouse, gift/garden shop, botanical gardens with event space, and, ultimately, adjacent supported living accommodations for employees/trainees in need of such arrangements.

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CoThrive Time Bank

Time baking allows members to share their talents and services, record their hours, then 'spend' them later on services they want. Everyone's hours are equal. There is no barter. These are friendly, neighborly favors. Together we are restoring local community currency based on relationships.

Founder Kathy Sipple is a state-certified wild mushroom expert, and CoThrive also supplies locally foraged mushrooms to local restaurants and farm-to-table events.

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