Second Harvest Food Bank, finalist for the MCC Non-Profit of the Year award, makes a huge difference every day in Madison County.
By Kyle Morey, Madison County Chamber
Executive Director Tim Kean by Dale Pickett Photography
What would we do without our non-profits saving, changing, and improving the world one human being at a time? What would the economic cost to businesses be if we did not have such agencies serving our communities?
Enter Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. With a vision of curing the world of hunger, Second Harvest Food Bank positively impacts an average of 70,000 people each and every year. Nothing touches the human spirit more than witnessing the effects of hunger. And Tim Kean, executive director, along with his team, fight every day to bring hope to the hopeless and opportunity to the unfortunate. Tim shares with me their goals and achievements as well as some history in the following interview.
Kyle: What year was your organization founded?
Kyle: What are the primary services and populations served?
Tim: Second Harvest Food Bank began in 1983, and has grown to serve 8 Indiana counties. Currently 104 programs work with us to serve 69,900 people per year through Second Harvest Food Bank’s network of pantries, soup kitchens, after school feeding programs and shelters.
Tim: Second Harvest Food Bank will work toward the ultimate goal of the most vulnerable people in east central Indiana being free from hunger.
Kyle: What are the greatest challenges of your work?
Tim: To find the resources necessary to address the full scope of the mission. To help the public understand the size of the issue in their community.
Kyle: What was your greatest achievement as an organization in 2012?
Tim: We surpassed 12 million pounds of food distributed including 5.8 million pounds of fresh produce.
Kyle: What are your organizational goals for 2013?
Tim: Primary Imperatives- Feed (food for all those who are hungry). Logistical efficiency -facilities, suppliers, partners, parameters. Food Sources and sustainability of sufficient food. Green/Local Agriculture - reducing environmental impacts. Educate (focuses on families and individuals). Access. Health, Nutrition, Wellness, Obesity. Advocate (focuses on systems). Government, Faith Community, East Central Indiana communities – promoting need, promoting existence of partnerships and resources, educating on known solutions
Kyle: What would be your ideal vision of your organization in 2025?
Tim: Our ideal vision is that people would have the necessary resources to feed their families and food insecurity would be eliminated.
Kyle: Why Madison County?
Tim: Second Harvest Food Bank, Inc. was founded as East Central Regional Indiana Food Bank, Inc. in 1983 by a group of concerned citizens led by Tom McMahan, Mayor of Anderson to address the ongoing challenge of low food resources available to local hunger focused organizations. This effort came together at the end of a temporary program called the “Good Neighbor Project” in Anderson. The new organization was granted status as a 501(c) (3) from the IRS under the name of East Central Regional Indiana Food Bank, Inc. in 1984. Actual food distribution began in 1985 in Madison County.
Kyle: What single word best describes the culture or attitude of your organization?
Kyle: Mac or PC in your offices?
About the Award
Developed with the guidance of United Way of Madison County, the Non-Profit of the Year award honors a non-profit agency serving Madison County that makes a positive community impact, employs accountable business practices, has an engaged board and strong leadership, and values partnership and collaboration. In addition, the award will honor an agency that focuses its efforts on one or more of the three critical areas of education, income, and/or health outcomes.
Second Harvest Food Bank, along with Children's Bureau and the YMCA of Madison County, will be honored as a finalist and possible winner of the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year. Winners of this award, as well as the Small Business and Emerging Business of the Year, will be announced at the Madison County Chamber's Annual Awards Gala held on February 28, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Betsy at 765-642-0264.