WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 80,000 people in and around the Greater Lafayette community are at risk of going hungry around the holidays. That’s why Food Finders Food Bank is hoping to eliminate hunger with its Drive Away Hunger food drive.
It’s going on now until Sunday, Dec. 4. Kier Crites-Scherger is the chief operating officer at Food Finders, and she visited News 18 This Morning to talk about the campaign.
“This is our fifth annual Drive Away Hunger food drive, and it’s our one time of year we really focus on calling the community to help us raise 450,000 meals to help us get through the winter months,” explained Crites-Scherger.
According to Crites-Scherger, about 64 percent of Tippecanoe County’s food insecure population qualifies for federal assistance programs. However, there’s another 30 percent that does not.
“They’re what we consider the ‘working poor,'” explained Crites-Scherger. “For that population, we’re really concerned because Food Finders and our agency partners – we’re really the only safety net. They don’t qualify for assistance programs.”
There’s many ways to get involved in the Drive Away Hunger campaign. Crites-Scherger asks viewers to consider holding a donation competition at their place of work or between friends to bring some fun to the campaign.
For other ideas on how to help, go to Food Finders’ web site.