Food Co-op Fighting poverty with food.

“I went from receiving one roll of toilet paper at a food pantry to purchasing a pack at the Co-op.”

– Food Co-op Member

Putting food on the table is an issue we all deal with, but for those on their journey out of poverty, it’s a major barrier.


The Food Co-op, as an extension of our GAIN Initiative, provides 50% of a household’s food expenses for approximately 18 months as they work to move out of poverty.*

How it works:
GAIN Initiative members in good standing will have the opportunity to join the Food Co-op. As a part of their regular GAIN meetings, they will shop for a specified amount of food twice per month for a low fee.

• Extends, deepens, and strengthens the work already being done in the GAIN Initiative
• Serves a very tangible need in an intentional way — alleviating a portion of members’ grocery expenses as they work to increase income and savings, and to decrease public assistance

How can I get involved?
If you’re interested in participating in the Food Co-op,
contact Sharon Taylor by email or call 812.492.0714.

How can I help?
You, your church, or your workplace can sponsor a family for 6 months, a year, or over the holidays.
You can also donate food items (see recommended list below).
Your donations make a difference helping participants move forward on their journey out of poverty.

What are the best food items to donate?

• Cereal
Tomatoes: paste, diced, sauce
• Beans: black, kidney, northern
• Pasta
• Pasta sauces
• Canned broths: veggie, beef & chicken
• Canned meals: ravioli, etc.
• Canned soups
• Meats: tuna, chicken, salmon, pepperoni
• Rice
• Boxed meals
• Ketchup
• Mayo/Salad dressing (e.g. Miracle Whip)
• Cooking oils
• Spices: ground pepper, chili powder, garlic salt, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, Italian seasoning

• Coffee
• Tea

• Feminine hygiene products
• Toilet paper
• Deodorant
• Toothpaste
• Razors: men’s and women’s
• Soap: bath and hand soap

• Fabric softener
• Cleaning supplies
• Napkins/paper products
• Dish soap
• Laundry detergent

*The Food Co-op also partners with select local organizations on a limited basis.

Make a difference

You can make a difference by sponsoring a household or by donating food items.
Contact us to learn more.

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