Hoosier Hills Food Bank is distributing more fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a substantial donation. Hoosier Hills Food Bank has received a series of donations in recent weeks totaling more than $65,000. The majority of that, $40,000 comes from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.
The group’s President Tina Peterson says the money should help the food bank fulfill a growing need.
“When we make a grant like that, it’s an investment,” she says. “We want to make sure that we’re investing in something that’s truly going to have impact, but also in an organization that’s really fulfilling.”
The money helped pay for a new 22 X 35’ cooler. Hoosier Hills Food Bank Executive Director Julio Alonso says it will allow his organization to offer more fresh produce to the people it serves.
“We were limited in the past by the amount of storage space we had,” Alonso says, adding that the company couldn’t store as many refrigerated items. “We can now access a lot more fresh produce because we’ve got the space to store it.”
Thus far, 60,000 pounds of food, including sweet potatoes, yellow squash and zucchini, have been placed in the cooler. Hoosier Hills Food Bank says food distribution through April of this year increased by 5.6 percent compared to 2011.