GRIFFITH | United Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a food drive at its Griffith branch to collect goods for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, serving Lake and Porter counties. Through Dec. 15, UFCU will collect unopened, nonperishable food items in its lobby at 510 N. Broad St.
Canned fruit, vegetables and meat, canned tuna, oatmeal, peanut butter, pasta, and macaroni and cheese are eight essentials for the food bank.
“We’ve seen the area overcome hardships, job loss, and a tough economy,” UFCU President/CEO Gary Easterling said. “We want to support the work of agencies like the food bank, whose mission is to serve anyone in need, but especially children.”
Food is distributed to more than 100 local hunger relief agencies, like food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Last year, the Gary food bank distributed more than 5.1 million pounds of food through a network of 110 agencies, feeding more than 10,000 people each week.
“Unfortunately, the need for basic food staples increases every year,” said UFCU Griffith Branch Manager Sylvia Torbica. UFCU has been involved with the Food Bank in a number of ways, participating in food drives, volunteerism, and other fundraising efforts.
Since the food drive began in late October, UFCU has seen tremendous response by members and nonmembers alike. “I am continually amazed each time I see our members, friends and neighbors come together to help those less fortunate,” Torbica said. “We’ve had supporters travel from not only Griffith, but Highland, Munster, and even as far as Valparaiso.”
“Serving others is a core philosophy for us,” Torbica added. “It also aligns with what the food bank does every year for our community – work that is unparalleled for an agency of its size.”