2018-08-22 / Front Page

July record month for Hoosier Hills Food Bank

July 2018 was the largest distribution month in the 35-year history of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

According to a report from HHFB Executive Director and CEO Julio Alonso, a total of 566,602 pounds of food were distributed, surpassing the food bank’s previous record of 507,829 pounds in November 2016.

Year to date through July 31, HHFB has distributed 2,795,902 pounds which represents an increase of 377,298 pounds or 15.5 percent over the same time period in 2017. Nearly 25 percent of the food bank’s total distribution this year so far has been fresh produce. 690,416 pounds of produce have been distributed so far, up 18 percent over 2017.

Fresh produce was a driving factor in last month’s high numbers, according to Alonso. “We had strong levels of donations from our retail partners and from government commodities in July but we also brought in a large amount of fresh produce from our gleaning and purchasing programs. We receipted over 131,000 pounds of melons, corn, watermelons and zucchini and were even able to share some of that with our fellow food banks in Indianapolis and Terre Haute to ensure that it was distributed while still fresh,” said Alonso.

“Summer is always a time of high demand, but I wouldn’t necessarily say this corresponds to a spike in need. It’s more a reflection of greater supply. Nevertheless it is pretty remarkable that we were able to move such a huge amount of food in one month and that 36 percent of it was fresh produce,” said Alonso.

To keep with its goal of increasing fresh produce distribution, HHFB is planning a third Farm Fresh Friday produce distribution later in the month with the date yet to be determined.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects and distributes about 4 million pounds of food annually to over 100 non-profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin and Monroe counties. HHFB is an equal opportunity employer and provider, federal discrimination complaints can be directed to 201-720- 5964. Approximately 13 percent of HHFB’s funding comes from federal government sources and approximately 82 percent of total funding comes from non-governmental sources. Additional information is available at HHFB’s website: www.hhfoodbank.org

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