At the beginning of the month, Lake Area United Way launched PackaPalooza: The Great American Food Drive in partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Meals on Wheels, and Northwest Indiana Community Action to encourage donations of high protein, shelf-stable food items. The donations will be used to help stock pantries that are still experiencing high demand due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. So far 5,611 pounds of protein have been donated. That’s the equivalent of 4,676 meals. The drive runs through July 31st, so there is still time to donate and help your neighbors in need.
You can donate shelf-stable, high-protein foods like peanut butter, other nut/seed butters, beans, canned meats like tuna and chicken, rice, and pasta. You can purchase and donate premade bags with these items for $5, $10, or $20 at your neighborhood Strack & Van Til grocery store. Individual items can also be dropped off at any Crossroads YMCA location, and the East Chicago, Cedar Lake, and Gary Boys & Girls Clubs. Donations to the Boys & Girls Club locations can be made between 7am-6pm, but you must call in advance of dropping off food. The Cedar Lake club number is 219-374-5306, the East Chicago club is 219-398-1344, and the Gary club’s number is 219-885-5501.
PackaPalooza: The Great American Food Drive is brought to you by Lake Area United Way, The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, and Northwest Indiana Community Action. All protein donations will be directed to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for distribution to local food pantries.