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Lugar Southern Indiana Office Delivers 500 books to Tri-State Food Bank

U.S. Senator for Indiana
Date: 3/17/2009
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U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar's Southern Indiana office has delivered 500 children s books to Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville.  Lugar and the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) partnered for a statewide book drive October 25, 2008 through January 9, 2009.  The book drive collected more than 30,000 books to benefit Reach Out and Read, community organizations and local schools across Indiana.
Tri-State Food Bank provides backpacks filled with food for at-risk children for food over the weekend. The backpacks are distributed to the kids by school social workers and approved member agencies that operate afterschool programs.
Lugar s education website, EducateIndiana, explores issues faced by parents, teachers and students. The goal of the website is to share constructive ideas about education and offer students, parents, teachers, and administrators education tools that can be used both inside and outside the classroom.
In addition, Lugar and the ISTA established a web-based initiative to recognize teachers and celebrate their vital role in preparing our future leaders.
For more information on Lugar please visit

News Release
Friday, October 31, 2008 -Evansville, IN

Generator start up

Start up of a new generator and testing will begin at 8:00 AM through 10:00 AM Friday morning.
Tri-State Food Bank had the generator installed to assure frozen and refrigerated food is kept safe in the event of a power outage.  Mary Blair, Executive Director, said,  The food bank has been very lucky throughout past years; but added, we cannot leave the safety of food to chance .   With the tornados and storms that hit the tri-state, the generator will provide better accountability to our donors and community by protecting food donated for the hungry. 
The generator will also put the food bank in a better position to be operable and respond to disasters.
Tri-State Food bank disburses over 4 million pounds of food and grocery product each year in the tri-state.  Each month over 38 tons of frozen and refrigerated food goes in and out of the warehouse.

Tri-State Food Bank, Evansville, IN Wins Leadership Award

Leadership Evansville presented the Project Award In Health & Social Service to Tri-State Food Bank s Backpack Food for Kids Program at a its 12th Annual Celebration of Leadership Thursday, April 19, 2007.
Winning this award is really special because it reinforces that our organization s programs are working for the community and really makes a difference , said   Mary Blair, Director of the Food Bank.   The success of our Back Pack   Food for Kids program is attributed to John Hillenbrand, Assistant Director and Youth Programs Coordinator.  John worked very hard to raise funds, recruit distribution sites, and create measures to assure accountability and efficiency. 
The program provides 6 meals and 2 snacks each week to children at risk of hunger.  Nutritional value is our key focus.  All food for this program is selected by our certified food handler. Pop-top cans are used eliminating the need for can openers.  Non-perishable foods are used including UHT Milk and 100% fruit juice.
Tri-State Food Bank began our Back Pack program last April distributing 10 backpacks through a local agency.  We now have 10 distribution sites handing out approximately 350 to 400 backpacks each week.  We are in the discussion stage with several agencies to expand the program into some of our rural counties.  In 2005, 11,062 (over 50%) of school children in Vanderburgh County participated in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program.   Our goal is to seek new sites and funding enabling us to increase the program throughout our 33-county service area, concentrating on school districts in low-income areas.

(L-R) Mehmet Kockulah, Tri-State Food Bank Board member,
Mary Blair, Executive Director, Tri-State food Bank, Betsy Uschkrat,
Miss Indiana 2006, Scott Wylie and Joshua Armstrong Firefly owners.


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