SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger is the campus-wide food drive, held annually in September, which has been designated Hunger Action Month. The funds collected are divided between two groups: United Way’s People Gotta Eat initiative and The Food Bank of Northern Indiana. People Gotta Eat is a group of 11 St. Joseph County food pantries that have banded together under the auspices of United Way of St. Joseph County to share resources and raise awareness and funds together. Available PGE funds are distributed based on the number of households each pantry serves so that pantries serving more people will receive more funding to better meet the community need.
All eleven food pantries within United Way of St. Joseph County’s People Gotta Eat (PGE) network will be presented with a share of the $17,000 dollars raised during the University of Notre Dame’s annual Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger food drive.
“No one should go hungry when there are food and resources to share. Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger is proud to support United Way’s efforts to reduce poverty in our community,” shared Anne Kolaczyk, Chair of Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger. People Gotta Eat is an effort to help those in the community who cannot afford to adequately feed their families. United Way of St. Joseph County collaborates with these local food pantries to keep the pantries stocked and to develop a cohesive plan to effectively address systemic food distribution in our community.
“We are incredibly grateful for the Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger partnership and for the generosity of the Notre Dame community,” said Matt Harrington, President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County. “This is yet another way the University helps our organization stabilize local families and reduce the poverty that exists in our own backyard.”