The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owners/Operators (NIMO) today announced that Pantry on the Go, the mobile food distribution program that serves more than 350,000 individuals in Northwest Indiana each year, will return for its seventh consecutive year in 2017. Pantry on the Go serves up to 250 meals each week to households across the Region between March and the end of the year.
The 2017 program starts Wednesday, March 29 at the Banta Center in Valparaiso (605 Beech Street) and continues through the end of the year. Locations for Pantry on the Go are posted on the Food Bank’s website each month and updates are regularly available on Facebook and Twitter. Unless otherwise noted, the Pantry on the Go visits each location from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The weekly Pantry on the Go program travels throughout Northwest Indiana, stopping at churches, schools, organizations and other destinations to distribute food assistance. Local Northwest Indiana McDonald’s managers, supervisors and crew members serve as volunteers at each location.
“Hunger exists in every community and affects more than 100,000 people across Northwest Indiana. Thanks to Pantry on the Go, many of these individuals and families have greater access to nutritious food,” said Steve Beekman, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “We are grateful not only for NIMO’s support of this program, but for the many volunteers from local McDonald’s restaurants who give their time to ensure this critical food assistance reaches those who need it most.”
The partnership between NIMO and the Food Bank provides access to grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and proteins for local families and individuals who are struggling with hunger and lack access to good, nutritious food. Those who feel they could benefit from the Pantry on the Go service need only to visit the assigned location with proof of Indiana residency (photo ID, utility bill, etc.) to receive food assistance.
“McDonald’s owner/operators across Northwest Indiana understand first-hand the issues impacting those that are less fortunate in the region. We are passionate about contributing in any way we can to improve the quality of life for Indiana residents who are food insecure,” said Rod Lubeznik, NIMO Board President and a McDonald’s owner/operator in Northwest Indiana. “The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana plays a critical role in the region and we are honored to support their efforts.”
“The partnership between the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owner/Operators brings the Pantry on the Go to many communities across the region,” said Dave Furman, a Food Bank board member and president of Restaurant Management Corporation and McDonald’s team member in Northwest Indiana for 40 years. “Through this program, the Food Bank is able to bring meals directly to the people they serve. Pantry on the Go eliminates transportation as a potential barrier for the distribution of food to those in need.”
You can see the impact of the Pantry on the Go program through a short video series available here.
For more information on Pantry on the Go or Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, including updated locations for the program, please call (219) 980-1777 or visit foodbanknwi.org/POG.
The Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators (NIMO) are a group of 16 northwest Indiana owner/operators with more than 50 restaurants throughout Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton Counties. NIMO manages and facilitates all marketing, community relations, educational and philanthropic programs throughout the region, and is responsible for implementing and maintaining consistency at every northwest Indiana restaurant.
About 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 4.2 million meals each year to hungry kids, adults and seniors across Lake and Porter counties. Each month the Food Bank serves more than 22,000 individuals and families through its 100+ partner agencies and programs like Pantry on the Go, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors and the BackPack program.
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