Indiana holds luncheon for 20th anniversary

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- The Food Bank of Northern Indiana marked 20 years of service with a luncheon today.

Donors gathered at the Gillespie Center to hear from keynote speaker and former Notre Dame hoops star, Ruth Riley.

The food bank feeds the hungry through 170 agencies around Northern Indiana.

250,000 families are served every year, certainly many more than were served when the food bank first opened.

"In 1993 we distributed about 10,000 pounds of food - today we distribute about 6.2 million pounds of food - so the impact runs in the millions of families over these last 20 years,” said Milt Lee, Director of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

The need continues to grow as Lee said 17 percent of Indiana families, and 44 percent of kids, are what they call, food insecure, which means they don't know where their next meal will come from.

That's twice as many local hungry people than there were in the 1990's.

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