New drive-thru pantry opens at Food Bank of Northern Indiana

Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 10:10 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - There’s an exciting new addition at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

A newly remodeled drive-thru pantry was unveiled on Friday morning. It features a permanent façade, making it convenient for volunteers and those who utilize the food pantry.

The project is 14 months in the making, and it’s all thanks to a grant from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“What we operated out of was really primitive. Rain was coming in, we had to put plastic wrap to keep warmer in the winter months,” said Marijo Martinec, executive director & CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “So, a permanent drive thru façade and then we moved back into this area which is a much bigger space, and we now have volunteers who serve as personal shoppers.”

“The food bank shared their vision of having a mobile pantry, and we love that vision,” said Mark Schneider, regional vice president of Medicare Markets. “We are happy to support them, see the volunteers, see the people come fit their need, so we are just tremendously excited about what this food bank and pantry will do for the community.”

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is located at 702 Chapin Street in South Bend. For more information, click here.

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