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Porter County Community Foundation Supports 4-H, Food Bank

Friday, September 18, 2020
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Photo Left to Right: Amy Briseno, Food Bank of NWI Donor Relations Coordinator; Raymond Mack, Food Bank of NWI Warehouse Coordinator; Bill Higbie, Porter County Community Foundation President & CEO; Cheri Birky, Porter County Community Foundation Board Member; Craig Sims, Sims Meat Processing Owner

At this year’s Porter County Fair 4-H livestock auction—held virtually due to COVID-19—the Porter County Community Foundation cast the winning bids on five hogs and one steer, resulting in a donation of over 1,500 pounds of meat to local food pantries.  

Bidding for the Foundation was President and CEO, Bill Higbie, assisted by Board Member, Cheri Birky.

“We appreciate being able to make an investment that has such far-reaching benefits,” said Higbie. “We’re helping the 4-H kids and providing meat to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana which makes its way to our local food pantries, who are then able to offer an important source of nutrition to those in need,” he added.  

Birky coordinated the entire effort.  “This was a special opportunity at an important time when many are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19,” she said.  “Craig Sims, of Sims Meat Processing, helped by processing two hogs free of charge and Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry - an Indiana-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure all Hoosiers have access to good quality, nutritious meat – covered the remaining costs. This was a true collaboration for the good of our community.”  

If you would like to learn more about the Porter County Community Foundation, please visit their website below. 

Gather. Grow. Give. For Good. The Foundation inspires enduring generosity and kindness in our community. Learn more at www.pccf.gives.

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