TRiO Programs learn the importance of a valuable "Bank"

Typically, most people participate in acts of service during the holidays or after a natural disaster. Fortunately, ND TRiO understands the importance of service – year round.  During Teacher Record Day, TRiO participants took the day off to make deposits into a valuable local bank.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is committed to developing and implementing strategies to alleviate hunger and give local Michiana residents hope. Under the lead of Brandy Love, Program & Experience Director, ND TRiO participants learned about the history of the facility and the various programs offered by the Food Bank. “We offer senior nutrition programming, informationals about healthy nutritional choices, and our most impactful, Food 4 Kids Program that discreetly provides school-aged students with weekend and holiday meals. Over 26,000 hours from volunteers and staff make all of this possible,” said Love. After receiving a facility tour, students sorted and separated food donations, restocked the pantry, and assembled food packs for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. “This was an amazing experience. I never knew so much was involved with providing our community with meals. We’re fortunate to have such an invaluable resource,” said Upward Bound graduating senior, Lamyaa Hussein.  After nearly four hours of service, students learned the significance of a local currency and a very important “bank.”

For more information about volunteering or donations, visit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.