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Grant to Food Finders Food Bank Helps Local Community

Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette, INFood Finders Awarded $5000 Grant

Food Finders Food Bank located in Lafayette, IN has been awarded a $5,000 donation through the Liberty Mutual® and Safeco Insurance® Emergency Community Support Grant program.

This program allows independent agents to give back to their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.  Jackson Bogan applied for the grant on behalf of Food Finders Food Bank, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Northwest and North Central Indiana.

Jackson Bogan

Mitchell Agency Team Very Thankful

“My team and I have worked with Food Finders Food Bank for over 15 years, and we are incredibly thankful for Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for stepping up to the plate and providing extra funds to help the community when we need it most,” said Bogan. “Food Finders Food Bank has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and the $5,000 donation will help them continue to make a difference to the community they serve.”

“This gift from Liberty Mutual and Safeco made possible by the Mitchell Agency will help offset some of the additional cost we have incurred due to the pandemic,” said Katy Bunder, President/CEO of Food Finders Food Bank. “We are very grateful for the Mitchell Agency’s help at this critical time.”

On the Front Lines

Dedicated to eliminating food insecurity in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties, Food Finders has found itself on the front lines supporting thousands of children, families and seniors who need assistance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Food Finders Drive By Pickup

Members of the Indiana National Guard load vehicles with food supplied by Food Finders.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Food Finders has seen a tremendous surge in families needing food right now.  Here are some statistics since mid-March thru May 14, 2020.

  • Since establishing their drive-through pantry on March 17, Food Finders has served 11,373 households with this program alone. This has been accomplished through the extraordinary efforts of the Food Finders staff, Indiana National Guard and our supporters.
  • Food Finders has served 37,215 households in the first six weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic across their 16-county service area.
  • Food Finders’ SNAP Outreach team has submitted 467 SNAP applications. That is an increase of 40% since this time last year.
  • 95 percent of our agency partners–food pantries, meal programs and soup kitchens–are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nearly 30% of the people getting food are new to food banks and pantries.

More Support Needed

With the exceptionally high unemployment numbers we are experiencing, the need to feed thousands of families will continue.  To learn more about Food Finders Food Bank and how you can support their efforts go to their website at

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