TERRE HAUTE --
Staff members from the VistaCare Hospice office will blanket the Wabash Valley throughout August, distributing food collection bags and gathering donations for the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank as part of the company's eighth food drive.
As part of the Gentiva Health Services family and home health and hospice providers, employees at the VistaCare Hospice Terre Haute office and their fellow employee around the country are placing food collection bags at various health care partners in their respective communities and will collect their "harvest" during the entire month.
The organization is focused on beating last year's national record, when the company's seventh food drive yielded more than 382,702 pounds of goods for donation to charitable organizations across the country.
"As active members of the community, we know that food banks, pantries and other charitable organizations continue to face increasing demands due to our troubling economy," VistaCare Hospice Executive Director Tammy Keenan said. "We look forward to working with many area health organizations, and we encourage local healthcare providers to contact us for more information on how they and their employees can participate in this community effort."
In addition to food, cash donations may be made at local collection sites. Because of their efficiencies, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank can provide a minimum of four meals for every $1 contribution.
One in six Hoosiers, including one in four children, more than 41,000 people, living in west-central Indiana are food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to sufficient nutritious and safe food in a socially acceptable manner.
Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank serves more than 32,000 of those individuals through a network of 87 member agencies and 11 mobile pantries.