Food Finders Food Bank has announced that the food bank will host its eighth annual Blue Jean Ball virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The Blue Jean Ball, presented by Kroger and Pay Less Super Markets, is the signature event to solely benefit the food bank. The ball increases community awareness and raises much-needed funds to ensure the food bank continues to address the essential needs of our Hoosier neighbors struggling with hunger. The 2020 event was canceled just weeks before it was set to take place due to COVID-19.
“We are so grateful for the way that our community came together during COVID. However, we know that it’s not over and that for many that we serve, the recovery will take years,” said Kier Crites, Chief Engagement Officer for Food Finders Food Bank. “That’s why events like the Blue Jean Ball are so critical for Food Finders, we will continue to call upon your support to meet our increased need while balancing the burden of rising expenses.”
In fiscal year 2020, Food Finders distributed more than 13 million pounds of food, up 35% over the year prior, to more than 74,000 Hoosiers. According to Feeding America’s COVID-19 projections, there may be as many as 82,250 people facing hunger in North Central Indiana, including 22,270 children. The food bank’s motto, Solving Hunger Today – Ending Hunger Tomorrow, showcases the work the food bank is doing across both ends of the hunger spectrum to solve the immediate needs of clients through its direct service programs; BackPack, Mobile Pantry, Agency Partner, along with long-term approaches to End Hunger Tomorrow: Resource Coordination, Education and SNAP Outreach work. Two new direct service programs were recently added as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Fresh Market pantry and the Senior Grocery program.
Since its inaugural event in 2013, the Blue Jean Ball has raised more than $460,000 towards operating funds needed to continue Food Finders’ mission of alleviating hunger. Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, 100 percent auction proceeds directly benefit the food bank.
“The need for this kind partnership is even more important now than it was before COVID,” said Eric Halvorson, Manager of Corporate Affairs for The Kroger Co. “Food Finders is a blessing to us because we know we can’t end hunger alone—it is a partnership. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of Food Finders’ Blue Jean Ball.”
The Blue Jean Ball will take place online Saturday, May 1 at 5 pm with a cocktail hour. Guests are encouraged to pre-register to gain early access to silent auction items and purchase watch party kits.
For more information about the Blue Jean Ball or Food Finders Food Bank, please visit www.food-finders.org. Or call, 765.471.0062
About Food Finders Food Bank
Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has worked to provide full service programs that meet the nutritional needs of thousands of hungry families in North Central Indiana. The food bank operates programs to cost-effectively secure donated and purchased food, provide food to families in need, and educate the community about the efficient use of food resources. Food Finders distributed 13 million pounds of food in 2020, throughout the 16 counties it serves. For more information or to make a donation, contact Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. at 765.471.0062 or visit www.food-finders.org.