This #GivingTuesday, consider these local organizations dedicated to addressing food insecurity, food access and farm education in Northwest Indiana!
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has been leading the Region’s fight against hunger since 1982 and distributes more than 4.3 million meals each year to hungry kids, adults and seniors across Lake and Porter counties. Each month the Food Bank serves more than 20,000 individuals through its 100+ partner agencies and programs like Pantry on the Go, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors and the BackPack program.
Native Roots Farm
Native Roots Farm is a small-scale 501c3 nonprofit organization located in NW Indiana. The farm's mission is to promote the development of a local sustainable food system through educational outreach, on-farm production, and hands-on learning opportunities. Educational tours, professional speaking, farm days, summer internships, and operating Coffee Creek Farmers Market are all ways in which Native Roots Farm engages and gives back to its community.
The NWI Food Council
The NWI Food Council is a multi-stakeholder alliance that works to build a just, sustainable, and thriving locally-oriented food system for all in Northwest Indiana through networking, education, advocacy, and projects. A grassroots organization that launched in December 2015 with support from NIRPC, Valpo Law, Food Bank of NWI, and Purdue Extension. The Council serves all of Northwest Indiana: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski counties.
All funds raised go toward programming and outreach for building our local food system, which includes: FED Food Expo & Discussion 2018, FarmHop series of local farm tours, capacity building for small farms and local food businesses, nutrition education, economic development support and long-range planning for NWI’s local food system. The NWI Food Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.
The Pax Center
From HeraldArgus.com: For the Pax Center, #GivingTuesday is an important day of the year and one they ask the community to look their way and help them in their mission of being a helping hand for La Porte’s less fortunate. “It’s a significant day for us,” Loucks said, adding last year the Pax Center raised around 15 percent of its yearly budget from the attention #GivingTuesday brought to non-profits. The Pax Center may not have the visibility of some non-profits, but its impact is larger than some may realize. In the last seven years the Pax Center has assisted 6,000 different families or individuals in the La Porte area on at least one occasion. On average, the center assists 1,100 family units or individuals every month.
When you give to the Pax Center, you give to the community. Loucks stated all donations to the Pax Center go directly to either the center’s programs, or to the people who are benefiting from the programs. The assistance community donations go toward include the three weekly food pantries run by the Pax Center, the twice weekly community meal, their clothes closet which offers free clothing and gardening programs found at the Jackson Street Community Garden along with future ones which will be available when the Brighton Street Green Space is completed.
Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens
In the spirit of the Stewart Settlement House, the mission of Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens is to establish a sustainable food source that will provide fruits, vegetables and poultry for Midtown neighbors and Greater Gary. The Stewart House Urban Farm and Garden in Gary is participating in SeedMoney's year end fundraising challenge and could really use your help TODAY. Their crowdfunding website just launched and the first 50 projects to raise $600 online will win $400 challenge grants. They’re hoping to use those funds to grow their garden with the addition of a hoop house, to plow up additional half acre that tested clean, and to hire more youth this summer to grow more healthy food in Gary! Your contribution could help Stewart House win a matching grant. Even if they don't, you can help the Stewart House Urban Farm and Garden Board, Volunteers, and Christ United Methodist Church provide many in the community with the benefits of healthy, garden-grown foods. SeedMoney only runs this challenge once a year and they need your support TODAY to put their project in the running. Thanks very much!
Is there anyone we should add to our list?
Reply to this email and let us know! If you include a short blurb, links, and info on how to donate, we'll add it tour our website and include it in next year's Giving Tuesday email.
Our volunteers are also working to build a comprehensive directory of community projects and community organizations working in any sector of the food system, so your input will be a big help!