The Journal Gazette
Saturday, December 21, 2019 11:57 am

Verbatim: NIPSCO grants $10,000 to Community Harvest

The Journal Gazette

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. issued this news release today:

Fort Wayne, Ind.: For the tenth year, NIPSCO is bringing “Hope for the Holidays” to families in northeast Indiana struggling to put meals on the table. Community Harvest Food Bank is the recipient of a generous $10,000 donation which will provide a turkey or ham, plus 50 pounds of food to 500 families. Community Harvest partners with several nonprofit organizations to distribute the special vouchers, including Brightpoint, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Parkview Cancer Institute. Families are able to use their vouchers to receive groceries for a full holiday meal from Community Harvest’s pantry.

“This is the season of magic, a time when children and grown-ups alike can believe in the power of miracles,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest Executive President. “In the past ten years, NIPSCO has provided Hope for the Holidays to over 5,000 families. It is humbling to know that so many more people will share a warm family meal and enjoy the true spirit of the holiday season.”

"In addition to providing warmth and light to northern Indiana, NIPSCO provides help and hope to those who need them most with the annual Hope for the Holidays campaign supporting local food banks and toy drives across the communities we serve,” said Dana Berkes, NIPSCO Public Affairs Manager. "It's one more opportunity for NIPSCO to give back and we appreciate the partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank."

Agencies receiving vouchers from Community Harvest are able to feed families who are truly in need.

“Thanks to the generous donation from NIPSCO, Brightpoint was able to assist 70 of our families with a turkey and 50 pounds of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year,” said John Robb, Brightpoint Family Development Manager. “It warms my heart to know that with partners such as Community Harvest Food Bank and NIPSCO, we are able to put food on families’ tables and make their life a bit easier for the holiday season.”

“These holiday turkeys and fixings impact our clients in so many different ways: the father feeling small from cancer being able to provide for his family; a family having Christmas dinner despite the bills from cancer treatment; the elderly person gathering her caregivers for dinner to thank them for taking her to treatments,” said Marsha Haffner, Director of Clinical Services at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. “Thank you, NIPSCO, for lifting up our friends and neighbors experiencing a difficult disease during the holidays!”

From the staff at Parkview Cancer Institute: “Financial Toxicity hits many patients and their families when they are diagnosed with cancer. Having a partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank and NIPSCO has allowed our patients to keep their nutrition on track during treatment and has lessened the burden of their financial toxicity. To see the tears in patient’s eyes and the appreciation on their face warms your heart. The Parkview Cancer Institute is very thankful to work alongside the CHFB to serve our patients. Thank you!”

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