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May 6 event to benefit food bank

Demand is up and donations are down at food banks.

As a news anchor, I enjoyed many exciting and fascinating years working with Patty on WISH-TV. We had a “front row seat to history,” as the saying goes, presenting important local and national news events. Since joining Kroger, I’ve found even more fulfillment in the company’s philanthropic service. We support an array of food banks and pantries, helping them provide meals to people in need. A visit to Lafayette, Indiana showed me, again, the importance of that commitment to our communities.

“We’re seeing 100 new people every week come into the pantry,” Kier Crites Muller told me recently. As CEO of Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette she tracks such numbers every day. And she said they’ve been getting worse since the spring of 2022.

Demand is “higher than it was during the highest days of COVID,” she said. And to complicate food bank operations, food donations are down at the same time so many prices are up.

While that part of food bank life is a challenge, Kier announced the return of a fundraiser that’s essential to supporting Food Finders’ work, the Blue Jean Ball. One hundred percent of ticket and auction proceeds will directly benefit FFFB programs in the 16 Indiana counties it serves.

Kier says the Blue Jean Ball is “a lighthearted event that helps bring attention to a really serious cause.” Kroger is proud to sponsor the event through our Pay Less Supermarkets in the Tippecanoe County area. The event at 5 p.m. May 6 is an evening of dinner, drinks, Denim & Pearls, a silent auction, a cash bar and a wine pull. The silent auction will open virtually on Monday, May 1, at 9 a.m. and close on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m.


for more information about the Blue Jean Ball and other Food Finders hunger relief services.

Eric Halvorson and Patty Spitler once shared the news desk at WISH-TV. He's now a reporter for Great Day TV.

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