You can make a difference

Whether it’s through volunteering, giving, or advocating you have the ability to help feed hungry students throughout South Lake County, Indiana


Every dollar donated goes straight to creating more Buddy Bags and supporting our other programs! However, we also accept food donations that can help make more Buddy Bags. The following is a list of specific items that we provide in each Buddy Bag, donating these items will help tremendously!

Canned Pasta Dishes such as SpaghettiOs
Ramen Noodles
Cheesy Mac/ Mac n Cheese Pouches
Lipton’s Cup of Soup
Small boxes of cold cereal
Instant Oatmeal
Fruit Snacks
Individually Packaged Salty Snacks
Individually Packaged Sweet Snacks
Pudding Cups
Fruit Cups
Microwave Popcorn

Get Involved

Volunteering is an amazing way to help the community!
Here are some volunteer positions!

Household Pantry:

 Tuesday Morning Help

  • From 9:00 am until 1:00 pm
  • Help clients shop and take things to their cars
  • Three volunteers needed

 Saturday Morning Help

  • From 9:00 am until 12:00 pm
  • Help clients shop and help them to their cars
  • Three needed

Sign up to volunteer

Buddy Bags:

Packing – when the 2023-2024 school year begins

  • Tuesday mornings 10:00 am until Noon
  • 10 Needed

Thursday Morning School Deliveries

  • Pick up totes are warehouse at 9:00 am
  • Deliver to Lake Street, Solon Robinson and Eisenhower Elementary Schools in Crown Point
  • Return empty totes to warehouse
  • 2 people and one large vehicle needed for Solon Robinson.
  • 1 person and one medium size car for Lake Street and Eisenhower.


Friday Morning School Deliveries

  • Pick up totes at warehouse at 9:00 am
  • Deliver totes to Jane Ball and Red Cedars Elementary Schools in Cedar Lake
  • 2 people and large vehicle needed
  • Drop off totes at schools and retrieve empty totes from the previous week
  • Pick up totes at warehouse at 9:00 am
  • Deliver totes to Protsman, Bibich, Watson, Piefer, Kolling and Homan – all Lake Central Schools – Drop off totes at schools, empty totes and return empty totes to warehouse


Friday Afternoon School Deliveries

  • Pick up totes at warehouse at 1:00 pm
  • Deliver to Timothy Ball Elementary School in Crown Point
  • Deliver to MacArthur Elementary School in Cedar Lake
  • 3 large vehicles needed; 4 to 6 people needed
  • Empty totes and return to warehouse

Sign up to volunteer

Ladle of Love:

First and Third Saturdays of the month from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm-

First and third Friday dessert makers for Ladle of Love.

  • Two or three needed
  • Bring desserts to warehouse Friday mornings between 9 and 11


First and third Saturdays set up and serve

  • Four needed
  • From 9:00 am until Noon


First and third Saturdays serve and clean up

  • Four needed
  • From Noon until 1:30

Sign up to volunteer

Our other events

Help us with our other community events in the near future!

Team Buddy Bags

Join our Charity Race Team!!!

Race for a goal like helping the Children of South Lake County!

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