Together, we can create healthier communities. Together, we can solve hunger.
In May 1993, United Religious Community of St. Joseph County’s Hunger Education Task Force accepted the challenge of reestablishing food banking services in north central Indiana. That July, an organizing committee brought together the first board of directors that agreed that the North Central Indiana Food Bank would be the organization of record created to address local problems of hunger and malnutrition by providing quality food to participating social service agencies.
The North Central Indiana Food Bank began operations as a SDO (Subsidiary Distribution Organization) of Gleaners Food Bank of Indianapolis. Our first distribution of 6,800 pounds was made in December 1993 to 29 agencies.
As our member agencies and donor base grew, we became self-sufficient and large enough to be considered for national certification. In February 1996, we became a certified food bank of the America’s Second Harvest National Food Bank network. As a member of America’s Second Harvest, we received offerings of donated product, with allotments based on the poverty population within our service area.