LOWELL | Lowell High School's Future Farmers of America chapter teamed up with Farm Bureau Insurance to hold a food drive last month and collected 767 pounds of food that was donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
FFA, celebrating National FFA Week, contributed 171 pounds and the top contribution from Farm Bureau Insurance, celebrating Food Check Out Week, came from the Lowell office with 210 pounds.
"America's farmers and ranchers, including those of us right here in Lake County, are committed to producing safe, healthy food. Farm Bureau decided to donate food to the Food Bank of NWI to mark Food Check Out Week this year," said Lorrie Nelson of Farm Bureau.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is located in Gary and supplies food to almost 100 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter counties. In addition to distributing food to their member agencies, the Food Bank also runs the BackPack, Kid’s Café, Food Rescue and Pantry on the Go programs and offers pantry referrals.
Last year the Food Bank distributed more than 4.9 million pounds of food, and served more 5,000 individuals a week.
"We're extremely grateful to the Farm Bureau and to the FFA for collecting food for us and helping us feed our hungry neighbors. Farmers play a big part in the fight against hunger and we are so proud to be able to work together to help Northwest Indiana," said Angie Williams, Food Bank executive director.