United Way Grants $60,000 to Food Finders Food Bank

United Way Grants $60,000 to Food Finders Food Bank

KOKOMO, IN / PRESS RELEASE – United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Board of Directors has announced a $60,000 grant to help fund Food Finders Food Bank in Howard and Tipton Counties.

Donations given through the Annual Fundraising Campaign, both individually and through workplace campaigns make this grant possible. United Ways’ donors fund food trucks in Howard and Tipton Counties on a monthly basis to help close the gap in food insecurities in our communities.

“The funding that Food Finders receives from the United Way is critical to our ability to provide low or no cost food to Howard County food pantries and feeding programs,” said Katy Bunder, President and CEO of Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. “The funding from the United Way helps Food Finders provide Mobile Pantries in Howard and Tipton Counties. In 2018, this program provided more than 500,000 meals to food insecure households in Howard and Tipton Counties. Food Finders is able to serve the food insecure in Howard and Tipton Counties because the United Way generously supports our programs.”

Food Finders Food Bank provides Mobile Food Pantry’s in Howard and Tipton County to target food insecure adults, children and families and increase access to nutritious food in rural areas and areas that lack access to food pantries and other traditional food assistance programs. In Howard County, the average of 51 pounds of food provided to 9,072 households totaled 383,313 meals in 2018. In Tipton County, the average of 57 pounds of food provided to 1,865 households totaled 89,535 meals.

“Having an organization in our community that helps fight against food insecurities is incredible,” said Libby O’Brien, Interim Executive Director of United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties. “Food is a basic need. With help from our donors and Food Finders, we are able to assist children, families and adults in accessing nutritious meals so they can better succeed at school, work, and life.”

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