The holiday season is a particularly difficult time of year for those families on the economic edge, and despite the news that the economy is improving, Community Harvest Food Bank still services 14,000 different individuals in our service area each week. Our goal is that those we serve are able to enjoy the traditional holiday meal in their home.

The food bank is in need of approximately 5,500 frozen turkeys as well as other holiday food items in order to provide for those families through Thanksgiving and Christmas, and needs to raise $40,000 to cover the cost of the food purchased for the holidays.

Any amount received by Community Harvest is 100% committed to the purchase of food and to no other purpose. Persons wanting to donate may do so in person at 999 E. Tillman Road during regular business hours (M-F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm), or may mail the donation to P.O. Box 10967, Fort Wayne, IN 46855. Donors can also save time, the stamp and the check by visiting to donate securely and safely online. Donors donate through the “virtual food drive” on the web site.

For donations of 20 or more frozen turkeys from one location, Community Harvest will arrange for pick up of the donation. The food bank can accept only frozen turkeys due to the difficulty in maintaining and documenting proper temperatures through all the steps of the donation, including transport.

Whatever the means, the donation is needed and appreciated in order that we may, together, continue in our mission to alleviate hunger in Northeast Indiana.

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is the largest food bank in northeast Indiana and the only one affiliated with America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Each week, nearly 50,000 children and adults receive food assistance through Community Harvest. Community Harvest’s service area covers the following nine counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley Community Harvest distributes food and other grocery products through its 460+ member agency network and its own direct service programs: SeniorPak, Kids Cafe, Community Cupboard and the Farm Wagon. Last year, Community Harvest distributed more than eight million pounds of food and other grocery products. For more on Community Harvest, please visit

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