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Rapid Response Weekly Update Issue #2

Rapid Response Weekly Update Issue #2

We’re back this week to share some more encouragement and hopefully bring a smile to your face as we take a look at all of the amazing ways our community has stepped in to help feed those in need. If you would have told us a month or two ago that we would be producing...

Rapid Response Weekly Update Issue #1

Rapid Response Weekly Update Issue #1

Each week we’re popping into your inbox to share some hope and encouragement during these uncertain and frightening days. Read on for some great stories of how your community is coming together to feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, and more information...

Cultivate Distribution Plan during COVID-19 Crisis

Cultivate Distribution Plan during COVID-19 Crisis

Recent school and business closures put even more pressure on families struggling with food-insecurity. Children are no longer being fed at school during the day, and their parents may be hourly workers whose industries are suffering.  These children need you now...

It Takes a Village to Feed a Child

It Takes a Village to Feed a Child

While school is in session, these children have access to breakfast and lunch during the week, but the weekends can be hard. On Monday mornings, many food-insecure kids start their day behind on nutrition and energy, which affects their ability to learn. In fact, when...

Who Were the First Volunteers In Our New Building?

Who Were the First Volunteers In Our New Building?

A group from the Ladies of Notre Dame & St. Mary’s was the first to volunteer in Cultivate’s new facility. They worked hard to pack 400 backpacks for nine elementary schools in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties.  Thank you to all of our hard-working...

All Moved In! Cultivate’s New Building Update

All Moved In! Cultivate’s New Building Update

After months of planning, fundraising, and renovation, the move to 1403 Prairie Avenue in South Bend is underway! We plan to be up and running in our new facility by the end of January, and you’ll be able to come and see things for yourself at an Open House, which...

Partner Spotlight – Nappanee Missionary Church

Partner Spotlight – Nappanee Missionary Church

Cultivate thanks Nappanee Missionary Church and Andrea Helmuth for their life-changing involvement.  Nappanee Missionary Church is a generous financial partner of Cultivate and has provided and organized faithful volunteers too! Andrea Helmuth was introduced to...

400 Backpacks Funded! Now on to a New Goal in 2020

400 Backpacks Funded! Now on to a New Goal in 2020

Thanks to your gifts and support, we met our goal of funding 400 backpacks for children in need this school year! Your financial and food donations make it possible to send six nutritious frozen meals home with 400 kids each weekend.  We are so grateful to everyone...

Join Our On-Call List!

Join Our On-Call List!

Most volunteer groups schedule a two-hour session weeks in advance, but sometimes we get unexpected blessings of rescued food that needs to be processed quickly. In those cases, in order to be good stewards and make the most of your time, we need a few people we can...

Thanks to Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center

Thanks to Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center

Thanks to the team from Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center who came out to volunteer last month! We’re so grateful to all our volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Move-In Day – Coming Soon

Move-In Day – Coming Soon

Things are coming along nicely at the new building, and we are tentatively hoping to move in after the first of the year. Thanks again to each foundation, business, and generous individual who invested in this project. We can’t wait to show you around when we’re up...

Just Days Left in This Decade!

Just Days Left in This Decade!

A new year – and a new decade – is just around the corner, and you can get yours off to a great start by making a year-end gift to Cultivate before December 31st.  Thanks to your support, 2019 has been the best year yet for Cultivate and all the people we are feeding...

Your Generosity on Giving Tuesday

Your Generosity on Giving Tuesday

Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a success! Our goal was to raise $5,000 towards the purchase of a forklift, and all of your gifts were matched up to $5,000. Together, we raised what we needed, and then some.  This forklift is a crucial piece of equipment that will...