Cultivate Food Rescue and Food Security

Cultivate Food Rescue and Food Security

Jim Conklin, President and Co-Founder of Cultivate Food Rescue and Marijo Martinec, CEO of Food Bank of Northern Indiana, will be the guests to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the food pantry system in St. Joseph County.

Preview for Week 9

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

Heidi Beidinger-Burnett gives a preview of this week’s session.  

Tracking COVID-19 Data

Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett

This presentation will track the COVID-19 data in St. Joseph County, Ind., while describing the public health implications.

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Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

Watch the recording from Monday, November 30, of a live discussion with Professors Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell below. Register to receive information about how to join future live events.

Jim Conklin, President and Co-Founder of Cultivate Food Rescue, will be the guest to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the food pantry system in St. Joseph County (Ind.).

Marijo Martinec is the Executive Director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Founded in 1993, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, to increase awareness of the effects of hunger, and to lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. The food bank actively partners with local and national manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, food growers, packers, and brokers to procure food and serves Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke, and St. Joseph Counties. In 2019, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana distributed more than 8.8 million pounds of food to its network of 150 member agencies in its six-county service area. 

Jim Conklin is the president and co-founder of Cultivate Food Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of hunger in local Northern Indiana communities. Their mission is to build a local network of food suppliers with the goal of providing wholesome meals so no one in the community goes hungry. The two main programs of Cultivate Food Rescue are Food Rescue and the Backpack Program. Food rescue is the process of taking never served food that would have been thrown away and turning it into wholesome frozen meals. The Backpack Program provides six healthy meals to a child in need every Friday. Cultivate is currently providing 400 backpacks to hungry children in three different counties.

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Presented by Heidi Beidinger-Burnett and Mary Ann McDowell

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