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Food bank adds Farm Wagon sites

Statement issued Monday:

FORT WAYNE, IN (February 28, 2011) – Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana is pleased to announce the addition of two new Farm Wagon sites.

The Community Harvest Farm Wagon is a mobile food pantry that delivers fresh and some shelf-stable food out into rural and inner city communities to people who have great needs and few resources. The Farm Wagon will now distribute food once a week at Markel United Methodist Church in Markel and, St. John the Baptist in New Haven.

“We are so pleased to be able to expand our Farm Wagon food distribution,” said Jane Avery, executive director, Community Harvest. “At a time when people continue to struggle during this long economic recovery period we are constantly looking for ways to further reach out into underserved areas. The Farm Wagon is a program we use to take much needed nutritious food out to those who need it most and are least likely to have transportation to get to any of our 470 member agencies for help. We are thankful to St. John the Baptist Church in New Haven and Markel United Methodist Church for their partnership. While funding is always an issue for this program the need is so great that we could ill afford to overlook the critical need in those areas. We are hopeful and frankly quite confident we will be able to tap into funding resources to help cover the cost of those additional sites,” said Avery.

The new Farm Wagon sites are:

Beginning 3/2/11

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

943 Powers St.

New Haven, IN 46774

Every Wednesday at 1pm

Beginning 3/8/11

Markel United Methodist Church

145 West Morse Street

Markel, IN 46770

Every Tuesday at 1:30pm

The Farm Wagon delivers fresh and shelf-stable food out to rural and inner city neighborhoods where people who may not have access to that quality of nutritious food live. They can choose the food they want and use it while it maintains high nutritional value. Initiated in October 1999, the Farm Wagon visits sites in Allen, Whitley, LaGrange, Adams, Steuben, Huntington, Wells, DeKalb and Noble counties. Last year the Farm Wagon program distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce and other perishables.

Here’s how the Farm Wagon works: a member agency agrees to host the mobile pantry and arranges a delivery time. The agency publicizes the delivery time to their clients. We stock the Farm Wagon with fresh food and some shelf-stable food and drive it directly to the agency. At the agency designated time the doors are opened and people select the food of their choice.

If you are or know of someone who is a potential donor of produce or other perishable food products please don’t dump it! If it’s salvageable, Community Harvest Food Bank will get it into the hands of those hungry families who need it most, usually within hours, via the Farm Wagon.

For a listing of all Farm Wagon sites visit www.communityharvest.org

Cancellation Guidelines for the Community Harvest Farm Wagon

There will be no Farm Wagon deliveries if the following weather condition(s) occur:

  • The outdoor temperature (actual or with the wind chill factor) at 7:30am in Fort Wayne is 10 degrees F or less.
  • There is a declared snow or ice emergency in the city or county of the Farm Wagon delivery location.
There is a declared snow or ice emergency in Fort Wayne or Allen County.

If any of the situations above exist at 7:30am, the Farm Wagon deliveries in the affected area(s) will not occur that day. CHFB will make every attempt to have the cancellation of the Farm Wagon announced on all media outlets.

About Community Harvest

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources. As the largest food bank in northeast Indiana, it collects and distributes over 10 million pounds of donated, surplus food annually through a network of human service member agencies. For more on Community Harvest, visit www.communityharvest.org

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