Non profit finalist sees 2016 as promising
By Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
Tim Kean, Director of Food Resources
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
6621 N. Old SR 3
Muncie, IN 47303
(765) 287-8698 X 107
As we gather around the tables at the 2016 Madison County Chamber Gala, like most awards programs, we’ll enjoy some of the best food possible, an eager wait staff will fill our glasses whenever there is the slightest space in it, and then we’ll relish a tasty dessert at the end of the meal. Many of us will leave a portion of our dinner untouched with our plates removed from our tables as quickly as possible.
At the same time we have with us representatives of the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. This sobering contrast would be lost on anyone else in the room but these dedicated servants who each day see just the opposite: children who may go to bed hungry tonight and the parents that have to endure that frustration.
The acute irony of the evening is not lost on Tim Kean, President & CEO, yet optimism reigns supreme at the organization that for over 30 years has battled the most basic of human needs, hunger. With over 70 partners to help distribute food donations, Kean is quick to point out, “for every dollar donated, we can supply four meals.”
Serving an eight county area in East Central Indiana with a population of over 460,000, Kean, his staff and a vital cadre of volunteers are faced with nearly 75,000 people living in poverty, an astounding 15.3%. Chances are someone we know may be quietly suffering some level of food insecurity.
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit www.curehunger.org or see Tim Kean to find out how you can help fight want in our community.
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?
“I have a lot of optimism with the recent announcements of new businesses locating in Madison County. Each new or expanded entity has its own legacy that it will start to build and help shape this county for the future. We have seen several of the longer term businesses announce expansion plans with new growth opportunities. These all add up to opportunities for second and third level suppliers who are here now or may be attracted to re-locate here. This is what a new sunrise looks like to me in the business sense.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“A New Day to me means that change never stops and to reap the biggest rewards the New Day brings we have to continue to re-tool our products, services, facilities and people.”
Helen Keller said, “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?
“By helping people see that change is not an enemy. It is the vehicle that takes us to places we have not yet been. Optimism with change will enable us to get through the bumps and the curves we didn’t see coming”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“Yes, every day, but we still need to face it down or face never leaving the house.”
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“I am optimistic that we have partnered with the right organizations. In 2016, we will open a new composting operation that will produce a high nutrient quality product and become a new source of revenue. We will use the material we have to contribute and be able to use additional material to divert it from the landfill.”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“Madison County has a low cost of living, has a business friendly environment and a high interest in improving the quality of life for its residents.”
Second Harvest is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Non Profit of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.