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Centier Bank Donates $1,700, 441 lbs of Food to Northwest Indiana Food Bank for Hunger Action Month

September 30, 2021

In observance of Hunger Action Month, Centier Bank teamed up with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in September to host a company-wide food drive. It resulted in 441 lbs of donated food, which, combined with the bank’s $1,700 community donation, resulted in 10,200 meals the food bank can now provide across The Region. 
 
Feeding America’s website states, “For tens of millions of people in America, a daily meal isn’t a choice between different dishes. It’s a choice between food and other crucial needs—like medicine, electricity, or childcare.”  
 
Bob Lueder, Hospitality Manager at Centier Bank, spearheaded the effort which made a local impact as part of a national effort by Feeding America, which the Northwest Indiana Food Bank belongs to.  
 
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, over 60 million people across the country turned to their local food banks to get their families fed, which is a testament to how important local food banks are,” Lueder said. “The Centier Bank family aims to continuously give back to our neighbors and improve the quality of life in our communities. I was so proud to see the amount of food we were able to accumulate during the month.” 
 
Lueder said that Centier associates regularly volunteer at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, as part of the organization’s Servant Heart Culture.  
 
“We are all encouraged to volunteer in our communities and to give back as much as we can, those are the values that Centier Bank has been founded upon,” he explained.  
 
Amy Briseno, Donor Relations Coordinator at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, said roughly 25,000 people a month access the resources through the food bank, and the donations from the month-long food drive will positively impact residents in Lake and Porter counties.  
 
Food insecurity in Northwest Indiana is a serious concern. One out of every six people don’t know where their next meal is coming from – within that, one out three children are considered food insecure and Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for senior hunger,” Briseno said. “This amount of food goes far for those who are struggling with food insecurity, and these gifts go directly to those who otherwise may not have groceries to feed themselves and their family.” 

For more information about, to donate, or to volunteer at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, go to foodbanknwi.org. 

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