NIPSCO is giving “Hope for the Holidays” throughout the holiday season, thanks to a generous $15,000 gift to Community Harvest Food Bank. Through this initiative, more than 600 families will receive a turkey, side dishes, and other food items distributed through the Community Cupboard pantry at the food bank.

In addition, more than 25 NIPSCO volunteers distributed food to families during the Saturday Helping Hands distribution, a weekly food distribution open to anyone in need. On average, approximately 700 families receive fresh produce, bread, dairy, and other available food items between 9-11 AM every Saturday at the food bank’s Tillman Road location.

“NIPSCO does incredible things in the communities where they work and serve,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest Executive President. “The holidays can be especially hard for families struggling with illness, medical burdens, and other challenges. This gift truly does bring ‘Hope for the Holidays’ to more than 746 families.”

“Hunger affects so many lives in northeast Indiana, and we are proud to support hunger relief through our ‘Hope for the Holidays’ initiative,” said Dana Berkes, NIPSCO Public Affairs Manager. “NIPSCO employees are passionate about giving back to the communities where they live and work, and we can see the positive effect Community Harvest programs have on vulnerable members of the community.”

Community Harvest’s holiday voucher program, sponsored by NIPSCO, distributes vouchers to partner nonprofit agencies throughout northeast Indiana. Vouchers are then distributed to families in need, and each entitles a family to a turkey plus 50 pounds of food from the Community Cupboard pantry. Notable partner agencies include Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Healthier Moms & Babies, The League, Turnstone, and others.

In addition, Community Harvest Food Bank will receive an additional donation of $20.00 per hour for every hour NIPSCO employees volunteered on Saturday, December 1 through the Dollars for Doers volunteer program.

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