FORT WAYNE—A local organization devoted to serving groups helping people in need recently received a welcome holiday present.
On Dec. 26, American Legion Post 241 in Waynedale donated $10,000 to Community Harvest Food Bank to help further hunger relief efforts in the area. The Legion post further exhibited its generosity and concern for the community with an additional gift.
“Along with the $10,000 to Community Harvest each church in Waynedale was given $1,000. American Legion Post’s are required to give annual donations to non-profits and we always want to see the funds go locally rather than out of state. There’s more of a benefit if the funding stays right here in the area,” explained Ken Holloway, commander of Post 241.
“Community Harvest Food Bank and those we serve are so thankful and appreciative of this incredibly generous donation from the American Legion Post 241 in Waynedale,” said Jane Avery, Community Harvest’s executive director. “Post 241 has been so supportive of our mission over the years and that type of faithful generosity allows us to help our neighbors in need, especially those who have no other type of social safety net because they are those known as ‘the working poor.’”
Avery also cited a personal significance the donation has.
My late uncle, Robert Avery, was a post commander years ago and this donation would make him very happy,” she said. “Thank you all so very much!”
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Community Harvest Food Bank “seeks to alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources.” Community Harvest Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in northeast Indiana. Community Harvest Food Bank serves 21,100 people weekly and distributes nearly 13 million pounds of food annually. Community Harvest Food Bank has served northeast Indiana since 1983 and is the only AIB certified Indiana Food Bank.