Strack & Van Til to the Rescue for Meeting Unexpected Thanksgiving Needs

March 4, 2024

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East Chicago, IN – Friday, November 10, 2023, the prayers were answered for 300 low- income families in Northwest Indiana when Strack & Van Til agreed to donate frozen turkeys to make their Thanksgiving brighter.

“We thought our list for Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings for families was complete,” said Tina Gunnum, Food Pantry/Mobile Food Pantry Manager for Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary. “However, we were suddenly overwhelmed with late requests from households
across Northwest Indiana. Most are low-income families that were caught off guard by the high price of turkeys this year—many of them single-parent households,” Gunnum added.

From January 1, 2023 to date, Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry/Mobile Food Pantry has served more than 9,819 separate households in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke Counties, providing children, the elderly, women and men with nutritious fresh, frozen and nonperishable foods and other necessary supplies.

“Businesses like Strack & Van Til Food Markets and other donors are critical to Catholic Charities’ ability to meet the life-sustaining needs of those who struggle day-to-day to care for their families,” said Kevin Feldman, Director of Development for Catholic Charities.
“Thousands of our neighbors in need will have a blessed Thanksgiving thanks to these businesses, churches, and others,” said Feldman.

Besides the Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary provides Homelessness Prevention services, Affordable Housing assistance, Women’s Care services and Parenting Education, Financial Workshops and much more. The nonprofit provides its services at no cost and without discrimination to residents of Lake, Porter, La Porte and Starke Counties.

Visit to learn more about our programs and services, as well as to support the good work helping of your neighbors in need in Northwest Indiana.

Photo Attached: Grant Haskins, Grocery Manager and Candice Bishop, Assistant Manager
Please direct all inquiries or requests to…
Kevin Feldman
Director of Development
Catholic Charities Diocese of Gary
Office: 219.886.3549 ext. 102
Mobile: 219.689.3153

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