GARY | The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will recognize Hunger Action Month this month with several programs to assist those in need.
"Hunger Action Month is all about doing little things that build up to having a big impact," said Arleen Peterson, the food bank's executive director.
The organization will have its mobile market from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wicker Memorial Park pavilion, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd. in Highland.
Participants will receive $25 worth of food bank bucks, which they can use to obtain food there.
Last year's mobile market attracted 600 families, said Megan Sikes, the food bank's communication/advocacy manager. The organization has planned to have enough food for 700 families during Thursday's event, she said.
The mobile market is open to all Northwest Indiana residents. Participants are asked to bring valid proof of residency.
The Spread the Love: Stuff the Truck peanut butter food drive collection takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in the parking lot at the Hospitality and Tourism Management Building at Purdue University Calumet, 2300 173rd St. in Hammond.
People donating 10 or more jars of peanut butter will receive a free Hunger Action Month shirt.
Peanut butter donations also can be made at Valparaiso University sporting events scheduled Saturday, Sunday and Sept. 13, 14 and 28. Visit www.valpoathletics.com for information about those events.
The food bank's family fun night fundraiser will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at JAK'S Warehouse, 221 U.S. 41 in Schererville.
The fundraiser features an appearance by one of the Chicago Blackhawks. Food and a dessert bar will be provided.
Individual tickets are $50 each. Cost is $125 for families of up to five people and $300 for groups up to 10 people.
Tickets can be purchased at www.foodbanknwievents.org. Proceeds will benefit the food bank's HOPE Project, a tutoring and mentoring program.
Visit www.foodbanknwi.org or call (219) 980-1777 for information about the organization's programs.