Elkhart, Ind. – In an effort to distribute as much food as effectively and efficiently as possible in Elkhart County, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana has entered into a Partnering Distribution Organization (PDO) relationship with Church Community Services. The PDO relationship will begin during the first quarter of 2013. The Food Bank’s 30 member agencies in Elkhart County will work more closely with Church Community Services to secure and distribute food. Currently, 26,573 are living in poverty in Elkhart County. The PDO relationship with Church Community Services will enable the Food Bank to increase local and regional awareness that hunger is a community health issue.
“As the lead hunger relief organization in northern Indiana, the Food Bank strives to find innovative ways to alleviate hunger in our six-county service area.” said Milt Lee, Food Bank of Northern Indiana executive director. He added, “Enhancing our relationship with Church Community Services as a PDO of the Food Bank will enable our organizations to feed even more people in Elkhart County. We are extremely impressed with the work they do and welcome their expertise as a subsidiary of ours.”
Rod Roberson, executive director, Church Community Services, said, “This relationship between Church Community Services and The Food Bank of Northern Indiana clearly demonstrates our ability to build a functional Elkhart County platform to serve local hunger. Historically, there have been many meaningful efforts to increase the volume of food for hunger relief in Elkhart County. This PDO contract will substantially transforms our county’s efforts to serve the needs of poverty. Food procurement will become more efficient and more financially prudent, thereby creating a more abundant food supply for pantries and hot meal site throughout Elkhart County.”
Community Services has the largest food pantry in Elkhart County, serving an average of 2,200 families each month.
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