Katy Bunder

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Lafayette-based Food Finders received more than 40 tons of food Tuesday. The donation is set to go to counties with thousands of food-insecure residents.

Smithfield Foods and Kroger-Pay Less delivered more than 80,000 pounds of protein – including sausage, ham and bacon -- to the food bank.

Food Finders serves 16 counties that host 79,000 food insecure residents. President Katy Bunder says the usual donation is about 500 pounds of food, which usually lasts a week.

She says a donation this big will last about two months.

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As the holidays begin, social service agencies that cater to the underprivileged are taxed.

At Lafayette’s Food Finders Food Bank, they’ve got plenty of baked goods, but are struggling to find enough meats to include in holiday care packages.

And, as WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski reports, the organization is in the midst of transition – Executive Director Katy Bunder is looking for a larger, less out-of-the-way location into which Food Finders can move.

Letter Carriers Food Drive set for Saturday

May 10, 2013

Lafayette area letter carriers will be delivering more than the mail this weekend.

They will be collecting food that will eventually be distributed to families in need through Food Finders Food bank.

Executive Director Katy Bunder says the effort comes at an important time because many kids who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school will be home or the summer.

She says 22% of children in Tippecanoe County are food insecure.

Bunder says the goal for this year’s Letter Carriers Food Drive is 70,000 lbs.

Food Finders announces Blue Jean Ball

Mar 15, 2013

After partnering for years with other groups, Food Finders Food Bank is organizing its own fundraiser. However, Executive Director Katy Bunder says the inaugural Blue Jean Ball is about more than just bringing in donations.

She says in the 16 west central Indiana counties Food Finders serves, roughly one in six people is food insecure.

“And that means they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. It also means they don’t have access to healthy, nutritious food.”

Food Finders is in "desperate need" of donations

Jul 16, 2012

Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette reports it’s running out of supplies.

Volunteer Coordinator Amy Gaulke says the organization is in desperate need of non-perishable donations. She says any individual or organization can help by holding a food drive.

"We have one group holding a drive Friday (July 20) from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and at La Tapatia from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Also, monetary donations are always helpful."

She says Food Finders can use financial contributions to buy food directly from wholesalers at lower-than-average prices.

Food Finders Marching Against Hunger

Mar 1, 2012

A local non-profit is teaming up with similar organizations across the state to help combat hunger.

Food Finder Food Banks is one of eleven Indiana food banks participating in the March Against Hunger effort.

This is the initiative’s fourth year and Food Finders Director Katy Bunder says the need continues to grow.

Nearly 97,000 people suffer from food insecurity in Food Finders’ coverage area.

Emily Bryant is the Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, or FISH.  She says children are particularly affected by food insecurity.

Food Finders distributes record amount to those in need

Dec 22, 2011

The head of Food Finders Food Bank says the need for assistance in the Lafayette area has never been greater.

Executive Director Katy Bunder says agencies the food bank serves are at the warehouse doors from the minute they open in the morning until closing time. She says they are thinking of establishing a night shift to keep up with pulling orders and restocking shelves.