Our mission at Project Love Food Pantry is to serve our community by providing assistance to those in need with compassion, respect, and dignity. We offer canned goods, cereals, pasta, meats, breads, milk, and other assorted food items, as well as some personal care items, paper products, and cleaning supplies. When available, Project Love Food Pantry also offers fresh fruits and vegetables.
During the 1st quarter of 2016, Project Love Food Pantry was able to serve 533 families - an average of 41 families per week.
Project Love Food Pantry recently distributed 55 Easter food baskets to area families.
The Easter food baskets included a ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread, butter, pie, and milk.
Thank you to everyone who contributed or participated.
Local farmers Mr. & Mrs. Neitzel, who farm in Hanover Township (in south Lake County, IN), were awarded an America's Farmers Grow Communities donation of $2,500.00. They directed the donation to Project Love Food Pantry. We will use the gift to help keep our shelves stocked for our south Lake County clients who use the pantry.
America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of the Monsanto fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.
The organization collaborates with local farmers to donate to local non-profits in an effort to help fight hunger across rural America. Project Love is thankful to Mr. & Mrs. Neitzel for selecting us to receive this grant.
Tom Krygsheld, owner of Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning, a local Cedar Lake business-man heard of a project that not only piqued his interest but touched his heart as well, and he wrote a whopping check for $5,000 to the Project Love Food Pantry as they launched a campaign to build a new facility.
Krygsheld said he heard about the pantry that was operating out of a small cottage behind the Cedar Lake United Methodist Church and how many people they served each week.
"There were things I wanted to look into." he said, "How many people took advantage of the pantry, how were the products distributed and was there a need for a new building. This new building will be a better facility, fit all their need, make it easier to store food safely."
What he saw made him decide the pantry could use his help. He went there on a busy day and saw the activity in the small building as volunteers passed out food or helped those in need of food. "They had renderings for a new, up-to-date building that would fit their requirements." he said, adding "People aren't going to give money unless they see something tangible."
CLUMC Pastor Ken Puent said the pantry currently serves the entire southern portion of Lake County which includes Crown Point, Winfield, Leroy, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Shelby, Schneider, and their townships.
He said the pantry provides food, paper goods, personal care items, and cleaning supplies. Current estimates, according to Puent, suggest that there are 5,000 people in this area working below the poverty level, so the need for a food pantry exists.
Construction estimates suggest the new building would cost $250,000. In addition to the space needed for the pantry, the building would offer space to use for an Opportunity Center to help offer guidelines for food planning and cooking.
Krygshels said he felt people would contribute to the project once they saw the need. "We need to get the word out and get some momentum going for this project." he said, "There are families in need and the food pantry is ready to help."
To make a donation or for more information, email email@example.com or call 219-374-7312.
Our expanded territory of service now covers the entire southern half of Lake County, Indiana, south of 101st Avenue. This includes the Townships of Hanover, Center, Winfield, West Creek, Cedar Creek, and Eagle Creek.
Nearly 5,000 individuals within our service area are working people below the poverty level. Potentially 125 people per week are in need of a food pantry. Our goal is to help feed and educate those in need.
If you have questions about Project Love, or if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us by phone at 219-374-7312 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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and directions to the Project Love Food Pantry
The following items are always in need by the food pantry to supplement the bulk items received by the NWI Food Bank to provide a balanced menu to the Project Love Food Pantry recipients.
Fruit, fruit cups, dried fruit, applesauce,
100% juice, juice boxes
• Peanut butter & Jelly
• Canned Meals
Stews, soups, ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs
• Canned Meats
Tuna, chicken, ham
Breakfast cereals, rice, pasta, dried beans
• Canned Vegetables & Beans
• Kid-friendly Foods
Granola bars, crackers, cookies
• Baby Products
Diapers, wipes, formula, infant foods
• Hygiene Items
Feminine products, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes & tooth paste, soap, shaving items, shampoo
• Paper Products & Household Items
Toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap