AT&T funds ‘holiday dash’ to help local food bank

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) 2,000 meals in seven minutes. AT&T funded the first-ever ‘holiday dash’ to feed local families at the Community Harvest Food Bank.

NewsChannel 15’s Gina Glaros ran through Kroger Marketplace off of Dupont Road Tuesday to pile in as many food items she could.

It all started when AT&T approached the Community Harvest Food Bank.

“This is a holiday season and people are worried about buying gifts and presents but there are families who just want a hot meal in the morning,” said David Lewis, Director of External and Corporate Affairs at AT&T.

“How do we raise awareness of hungry families in northeast Indiana in a creative way? So, they came up with the idea of speed shopping and shopping for those items that we know are going to go very quickly off of our shelves.” said Steve Corona, Resource Development Officer of Community Harvest Food Bank.

The Community Harvest Food Bank asked for six items: Chef Boyardee, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, Hormel Compleats and Ramen noodles.

“I went to our food buyers and asked what do families, seniors and children need and that’s how we came up with a list and of course peanut butter is kind, great in protein, highly nutritious but then we also picked canned fruit which we rarely get as a donated food item,” said Corona.

“I think it went outstanding. A lot of work, a lot of efforts, everybody kept within the time frame,” said Lewis.

“When we’re able to provide for some of their food items on their table, it makes holidays a little bit more joyous for families that are really trying to stretch the dollar,” said Corona.

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