Community Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers and food donations

Although many people donate their time and food to the Community Harvest Food Bank during the holidays, things tend to die down this time of year and it's harder to get help.

Posted: Jan. 4, 2019 6:41 PM
Updated: Jan. 5, 2019 11:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There are children in the area who rely on free or reduced-priced school lunches during the school year, and for many, it may be the only full meal they eat all day. Thankfully there are many programs in the community who can help.

"Quite currently we have 212 students on our backpack/teen pack program and they do get food 52 weeks out of the year," said Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. CEO John Wolf.

Although many people donate their time and food to the Community Harvest Food Bank during the holidays, things tend to die down this time of year and it's harder to get help.

"Our need is year-round the kids and the adults. Again, it's a year round process so normally in January and February it's pretty lean around here," said Wolf.

Wolf says he could really use volunteers to help distribute backpacks and items for some of the organizations other programs for seniors, and veterans.

"We hand out food on Saturdays, or we have these backpacks that gotta be filled so when you have almost 1,200 backpacks and teen packs going out, it takes a lot of time to put them into the backs."

The food bank is also in need of more fresh food donations Wolf says proteins like tuna, beans or peanut butter would be very helpful.

"Great items could be brought in and help bag because they have a long shelf life. One item is not necessarily one item we need but protein is really something we could use," said Wolf.

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