Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $2,500 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

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FORT WAYNE, IN - Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana recently received a $2,500 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.  The contribution will support the Food Bank’s Kids Café and BackPack Programs.

Established in 1983, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana collects wholesome surplus food and redistributes it to over 470 partner feeding agencies.  In the past 27 years, the Food Bank has distributed over 140 million pounds of food and grocery products throughout a nine county service area.

In addition to agency distribution, the Food Bank focuses on eliminating childhood hunger through use of its Kids Café and BackPack Programs.

Kids Cafe, a program of Feeding America, provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations.  In addition to providing meals, Kids Cafe programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.  Since the program’s inception in 1993, Kids Cafés have become an important tool in the Food Bank’s efforts to end childhood hunger.  The Food Bank currently supplies food for 11 Kids Café Program sites in Northeast Indiana.

Community Harvest Food Bank also works with elementary and middle schools to provide food for children over the weekend through its BackPack program.  This program is placed at schools where 80% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced-cost meals.  The BackPack Program allows children to bring home nutritious food when other resources are not available, such as on the weekends or during school vacations.  Backpacks are filled with child-friendly, non-perishable, and vitamin fortified food, as well as educational activities.  “On behalf of the Woodforest Charitable Foundation and Woodforest National Bank, we are grateful to have the opportunity to provide funding for the Food Bank’s Kids Café and BackPack Programs,” said Kim Marling, Executive Director/Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation.  “Both the Foundation and the Bank are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.  We challenge others to join us in our efforts to end hunger in our communities.”

For more information about Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, please call (260) 447-3696 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities.  For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at