"Together, we are feeding Northeast Indiana!"
Community Harvest is a food bank located in Ft. Wayne that serves smaller food banks throughout nine counties, Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley. It collects donated and surplus food from area grocers, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Aldi’s, etc., as well as from smaller organizations and farmers who donate fresh produce, dry food and monetary amounts. So far in 2009, they have had over 100 million pounds of food donated.
The establishment consists of a large warehouse, freezer and refrigerator where food is stored after sorting. Although individuals in need cannot come to the warehouse itself to obtain food, Community Harvest does have a referral program which partnering agencies, including outreach groups and churches, that do not hold food pantries of their own, refer those in need that come to their door to the Community Harvest. The agency then fills out a referral for the family or individual to go to Community Harvest’s referral center, where they can pick out the allotted poundage of food, (in dry goods, fresh produce and meat) needed in a grocery store-type setting. All food in this area is weighed and managed by a staff member.
In addition to their referral program, Community Harvest offers a farm Wagon Give Away every Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. in which they give away fresh produce. The wagon travels all throughout the nine counties and supplies all major area with an equal amount of produce, so long as something is in season and there is enough to go around.
Community Harvest also offers a SeniorPak program that caters to 60+ individuals who are home bound and cannot travel or do not have the financial ability to purchase food, medication and all other necessities. The program delivers 20-22 pounds of food every two weeks to the seniors and alleviates fear or malnutrition due to financial woes.
Volunteer Opportunities include:
- Reclamation Area: Help sort, check quality, condition and dates of incoming food into bins that can then be given out to those in need.
- Stocking in Referral Grocery: Stock the shelves of the referral center in order to keep food in supply. Another check of quality, condition and date is done at this time as well.
- Farm Wagon: Help hand out food to those who come. Also, a volunteer is needed to accompany the driver to the other stops around the areas to help unload the produce.
- SeniorPak Delivery: Donate time to pack or donate time and some gas to deliver the bags of groceries to the seniors in the area who need it. Days and routes are flexible. Most homes are primarily in the south regions of the county areas.
Those interested in volunteering at Community Harvest must:
- Not have any serious felonies or police records
- Not have a record of theft
Important Information about the Opportunity:
Community Harvest is a great opportunity for larger groups of students to participate together in a form of service to the community.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For SeniorPak: negotiable
For more information, please contact:
(269) 447-3696 ext 319
999 East Tillman Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Volunteer/Disaster Response Supervisor
(260) 447-3696 ext 318
Or visit Community Harvest's homepage.
If you ever have any questions or suggestions about volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the Manchester University Office of Volunteer Services: firstname.lastname@example.org.