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PCACS team works to help with food assistance during pandemic

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News, Featured

Published on May 04, 2020 with No Comments

With photo: PCACS bus drivers helped distribute food boxes to seniors by delivering them to their doorsteps. Participants in the Food Bank of NWI program would typically pick up the items at the PCACS offices, but a new distribution manner was established during the pandemic.An essential element of daily life can be a real struggle for community members new to financial challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Our team continues to focus on food and how we can assist individuals and families who have lost their jobs, sources of income and are waiting on assistance from unemployment. We are adding this perspective as we continue to help our seniors who are mobility challenged.

I heard from Lynda Anderson and the Boulder Bay Realty Group on their desire to work with us to fulfill this need. The Boulder Bay real-estate team is raising funds to put together food boxes by Town and Country in Valparaiso and other local grocery stores.

The workers at our local groceries have the safest practices in place to handle food and create a package of essential items with donated funds. Then our bus drivers will deliver the boxes on doorsteps of those who need help.

The Boulder Bay Realty Group team is putting together a Facebook page, outreach strategy and awareness campaign right in their own neighborhoods to help feed as many as possible.

As real-estate agents, we have always felt that it is not about the house, but the people and serving others. We want to take our energies to the community and those who need it most right now,” said Boulder Bay Realty Group’s Lynda Anderson. “Our team really wanted to help, and by teaming with PCACS, we can provide the most basic essentials to our neighbors in need. The deliveries allow community members to stay home safely when every trip can feel scary.”

We are honored to be uniting with others who are looking for ways to make the most impact during this challenging time. We appreciate their support and commitment to service.

Delivery practice in place

We have already been able to see our bus drivers in action when we were able to make sure that our seniors who are part of the Food Bank of NWI’s Commodity Supplemental Food Programs received their monthly boxes.

Typically, our offices are a distribution site and participants pick up their food boxes at our building. Our team came together to shift the process and the boxes were loaded up on our buses and our drivers left them safely on doorsteps.

In April, we were able to get 93 boxes out and ensure that this assistance continued as it is more important than ever.

Food cards available

We also have food gift cards available that we are providing to community members who are not already receiving food stamp assistance. We will help as many people as we can.

If you are a senior or community member facing a new situation, please call our offices at 219-464-9736, Option 1, to see if we can help.

It is during these unprecedented times that as a community, we have to continue to face our challenges head-on, adapt, adjust and push forward. We are proud to be here in Northwest Indiana, where so many nonprofits, businesses, volunteers and individuals have come together to make a difference.

Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past 12 years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. A native of the region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University and Indiana University. For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org

 

 

 

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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