LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette is offering free education classes to anyone in the community. The goal is to educate the public.
“What we want to do is not just hand out food, but also give people the help they need so that they’re not food insecure anymore,” CEO and President of Food Finders Katy Bunder said.
One of the classes teaches people how to save money at the grocery store. Another class teaches people how to prepare simple meals with food from their food pantry.
“The key is educating them about all their resources and educating them about nutrition, educating them about how to shop wisely, how to plan meals, and helping them just get the tools that they need to improve their lives,” Bunder said.
Penny Stine attended one of the classes on Wednesday.
“It’s taken a lot of stress off my shoulders,” Stine said. “It really has.”
The resources, like the classes at Food Finders, have also had a huge impact on Stine’s family.
“We lost our house in Kokomo due to the tornadoes,” Stine explained. “So we came to Lafayette pretty much homeless, but they’ve helped us a lot.”
Bunder said, “We’re still trying very hard to get all the pantry clients to enroll in the classes.”
So, Bunder explained how they’ve also started something called the token program.
“Clients earn tokens by volunteering in the food pantry, by attending classes, and by meeting with their resource coordinator,” Bunder said. “And with their tokens, they can buy items that aren’t available in food pantries. The most popular item that they can buy with tokens is diapers.”
For more information on the classes, you can click here.