NW Indiana Food Bank Struggling To Feed The Hungry
GARY, Ind. (CBS) – The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is struggling with a supply and demand problem as it tries to deal with the 100,000 people who go hungry every day in Lake and Porter Counties.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports on some good news and bad news at the food bank’s headquarters, based in some barns in Gary, Ind.
The food bank’s executive director, Angie Williams, said donations are up, but so is demand.
“Our donations are up about 24 percent this year, compared to last year, so it’s good news,” she said. “The only sad thing is it’s still not keeping up with what the true need is.”
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“Hunger can affect anyone, not just the stereotypes that we sometimes have in our heads,” Williams added.
On Wednesday, a truck from Aunt Millie’s Bakery showed up to deliver a donation of 3,600 loaves of fresh bread.
Victor Ortiz, operations manager for the food bank, said, “it’s a beautiful thing when a truck rolls up, but there’s times that there’s not a truck that rolls up.”
Williams said the real season of need is yet to come.
“I think we kind of take our holiday cap off and say ‘Okay, Christmas is over, you know, check it off. But then those families are still struggling to get food on the table,” she said.