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The Food Bank of NWI Provides “Hope For The Holidays” To Thousands Families in Lake and Porter Counties

The Food Bank of NWI Provides “Hope For The Holidays” To Thousands Families in Lake and Porter Counties

Families in Lake & Porter Counties 

October 30, 2020 (Merrillville, IN) – The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is preparing for its “Hope For The Holidays” initiative during November and December. Joined by several local community partners, the Food Bank is planning to provide holiday meals to thousands of families, and address the increased need for food assistance during this time of year. 

“As Northwest Indiana continues to react to the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on our community, the holidays bring a different set of challenges for individuals and families who are already struggling to make ends meet. We hope that by providing a holiday meal, some of the stress of the season is relieved,” said Victor A. Garcia, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, donors, community partners, and volunteers who make these special distributions possible.” 

Two local community partners have teamed up with the Food Bank to help support the capacity needed to support the increased number of families who are relying on food assistance. On November 2nd, Premier Partner Strack & Van Til is launching a 2 month “Checkout Challenge” to benefit the hunger relief efforts of the Food Bank. Customers at all 19 stores have the opportunity to round up their grocery bill, donating the spare change to the organization. “Strack & Van Til and Town & Country are honored to be supporting the Food Bank of NWI again this holiday season through the Check Out Challenge”, said Jeff Strack, President & CEO of Strack & Van Til. “With the support of our customers, it is our goal to provide over ½ million meals to the NWI community this season. Your extra change can quickly add up to making a big difference for our neighbors this season”. 

Local Civic Leaders, Tom Sourlis and Sue Eleuterio are also lending support to help the Food Bank meet the increased demand during this time. The couple is matching all donations up to $100,000 to provide a total of more than a half million meals. “With the holidays coming up, we are grateful to the Food Bank of NWI for helping to make sure that our neighbors have enough food in these challenging times”, said Tom Sourlis & Sue Eleuterio. The 1/2 Million Meal Match campaign runs through December 31st allowing donors to double the impact of a single gift. Contributions are being accepted at: 

“We are overwhelmed by the show of support from our Premier Partner Strack & Van Til, and the generosity of Tom & Sue. Both have been extremely sensitive to the needs of our neighbors during the pandemic and are going above and beyond to support our work in the community”, said Garcia. “Their partnership during such a critical time allows us to do more than we normally could through Hope For The Holidays. With all the things that families are contending with, we hope that food will be the least of their worries,” said Garcia. 

For the full list of “Hope For The Holidays” food distributions and initiatives, visit: 


About the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana 

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has the been leading the fight against hunger in the Region since 1982. The Food Bank distributes nearly 5 million meals annually to children, seniors, individuals, and families in Lake and Porter Counties through more than 115+ partner agencies, Mobile Market Distributions, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors, the BackPack program, and other initiatives. Visit to learn more and join the fight against hunger in Northwest Indiana. 

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