Feeding America President Matt Knott to Speak at Food Bank's 2015 Hunger Luncheon

Proceeds will benefit Food Bank's Healthy Choices Market Program

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana's 2015 Hunger Luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 2.  We are honored to have Matt Knott, President of Feeding America as our keynote speaker. 

As president of Feeding America, Matt Knott focuses on providing more food to people in need by leading the efforts of the national office to support member food bank needs and shape national office priorities to meet those needs.  In his role, Knott oversees food sourcing, logistics, network development, compliance and capacity and information technology. Forty-nine million Americans live in food-insecure households, including nearly  16 million children.

Knott earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master's degree in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University.

Feeding America distributes food and groceries through a nationwide certified member network, increases public awareness of domestic hunger and advocates for public policies that benefit America’s hungry.  Feeding America is a nationwide network of 202 member food banks across the country.  The Food Bank has been a Feeding America Food Bank since 1996.

In addition, the Food Bank will recognize individuals and organizations with the Harrison E. Holycross Volunteer of the Year Award, Mission Partner of the Year Award, Community Impact Award, and the Madiba Visionary Award.

Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank’s Healthy Choices Market.  This program offers a dignified hands-on educational experience for low-income patients with diabetes and high blood pressure with a motto to Learn. Choose. Live. The Healthy Choices Market is a kitchen, a classroom and mini farmers market.  Through a hands-on cooking class provided by the American Culinary Federation – South Bend Chef’s Association, patients are educated on nutrition and offered access to healthy produce.  The Food Bank opened its Healthy Choices Market in July 2014.

Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight.  Reservation deadline is March 24.  Registrations can be made online at www.bit.ly/2015HungerLuncheon.  For more information, please call (574) 232.9986 ext. 124.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana was founded in 1993 by United Religious Community of St. Joseph County.  During its first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed 6,800 pounds of food through 29 member agencies.  In 2014, the Food Bank distributed seven million pounds of food through a network of 165 member agencies in its six-county service area.

WHEN:        Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:       Gillespie Conference Center, 52995 State Road 933, South Bend, Ind.



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