Food Finders kicks off its largest annual food drive

Drive Away Hunger is the biggest food drive of the year for Food Finders Food Bank. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)
Drive Away Hunger is the biggest food drive of the year for Food Finders Food Bank. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thursday is the first day of the fifth annual Drive Away Hunger Campaign for Food Finders Food Bank.

Drive Away Hunger is the biggest food drive of the year for Food Finders. Several companies and schools in the area will be accepting canned goods and monetary donations.

Last year, the drive raised 312,000 meals. This year, the goal is 450,000 meals.

Food Finders President and CEO Katy Bunder said recent national statistics say the number of people that go hungry is on the decline.

“There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into driving those number down, and we don’t want to stop now,” Bunder said. “We want to drive them down even more.”

She said there is still time for anyone who wants to start their own drive for the campaign.

“I’d like to encourage people to have food drives,” Bunder said. “But if you’re not a part of an organization that wants to manage a food drive, just donate on your own. You an find the boxes, and barrels and signs all over the community.”

The Drive Away Hunger Campaign will last until Dec. 4. Individuals and businesses interested in hosting their own food drive are still encouraged to do so. If you would like to help, visit Food Finders’ website.