A NOTE FROM THE CEO/PRESIDENT
It started with a sign in the yard.
We knew that food insecurity was not only an injustice in need of engagement, but it was also one that was impacting our immediate neighbors. When kids don’t get enough to eat — especially during their first three years — they begin life at a disadvantage. Children and adults are more likely to be hospitalized and face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma when they are hungry. When hunger exists, individuals, families, and communities struggle.
Nine years ago, we put a sign in the yard that told our neighbors we have a food pantry for those in need. Three hundred people were fed the first month out of a small room at State Street Community Church. We listened to our neighbors tell stories of their struggles. We heard about hunger, poverty, and loneliness. We saw the tremendous impact each one of those injustices has on people. We made a commitment that whoever comes to us in need of food will be fed.
Since 2010, we have helped over 6,000 different people in LaPorte County have access to food and a support network. We no longer have that same sign in the front yard advertising the food pantry to our neighbors. We no longer need it. When people are hungry, lonely, or disoriented in this world, they know the Pax Center is there to help. And, it’s because of your partnership and support that we persist.
We don’t solicit for donations often. Instead, we host one HUGE day of generosity called Giving Tuesday. It’s on December 3rd, 2019. In our short history, the Pax Center has made substantial impacts on hunger, poverty, and loneliness in LaPorte County. The funds raised go directly to the programs and projects that help our neighbors each day.
In this brochure are sponsorship levels and information on our current and upcoming initiatives. Please consider partnering with the Pax Center in 2020 to help LaPorte County be well-fed and well-loved.
CEO/President of the Pax Center
Board of Trustees
LAPORTE CO. SHERIFF DEPT.
THE PAX CENTER
The food pantry exists so that nobody in LaPorte County has to worry about his or her next meal. The Pax Center distributes groceries to 900-1,100 LaPorte County residents each month. Instead of being handed a standard box of food, food pantry participants are greeted by a friendly and helpful staff while being allowed to choose their own groceries from overflowing shelves. Thanks to the help of generous community partners, the Pax Center can provide fresh fruits and vegetables to each visitor as well.
WEDNESDAY: 5 – 6:30PM
The table is an extension of the family. We gather around it. Laugh and talk around it. And eat around it. To foster familiar experiences in the LaPorte community, the Pax Center hosts two weekly community meals. Each meal has a salad, main course, and dessert. Everyone is welcome because, at the Pax Center, everyone is family.
With the LaPorte Community School Corporation
Beyond our primary goal of feeding hungry neighbors, The Pax Center believes in the importance of our work to help sustain our environment. In cooperation with the LaPorte Community School Corporation, twice each week, volunteers from the Pax Center pick up food from school lunches that would otherwise be wasted.
Open during Food Pantry hours.
If someone needs a warm coat, interview clothes, a pair of shoes, or pants for their children, the Pax Center maintains a free clothes closet with donated items from the community. The clothes closet provides clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.
The Jackson Street Community Garden is committed to growing food communally and to giving back to our neighbors. The garden features 50 garden plots for families and individuals, a summer kids garden club, and a free u-pick area to benefit the local community. There is also a Share Table for those that wish to donate their own garden produce. The garden is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Jefferson Avenue in downtown LaPorte.
The Brighton Street Green Space is a redeveloped green space project that will transform a derelict former dairy factory into an acre-and-a-half blooming green space filled with gardens, an orchard, and Education Resource Center in downtown LaPorte. Construction on the first phase was completed in 2019. The second phase, including the gardens and green space, will be completed in 2020-2021.
Discussion Over Dinner is a free monthly live event sponsored and supported by State Street Community Church and the Pax Center where LaPorte County residents come together and listen, learn, and dialogue on matters that impact our community. Topics covered this year included child advocacy, addictions, mental health, and civic engagement.
Subscribe to the Discussion Over Dinner podcast on iTunes and watch each episode on Youtube.
The Pax Center
605 Washington Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
Jackson Street Community Garden
803 Jackson Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
Brighton Street Green Space
212 Brighton Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
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