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Ending food insecurity in Indiana

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Cultivate Food Rescue is helping to end the cycle of hunger in northern Indiana by building a local network of food suppliers and providing wholesome meals to those who need them.

According to the USDA, more than 34 million people — including 9 million children — in the United States are food insecure. Food insecurity make it challenging for people to lead active, healthy lives, and can even be life-threatening.

Luckily, there are organizations like Cultivate Food Rescue that make incredible strides for food insecure people in their communities and encourage others to help out and get involved. Cultivate serves the communities of northern Indiana by rescuing food from local universities, grocery stores, butchers and food distribution centers and making healthy, nutritious meals for people in need.

 

“We are proud to partner with Cultivate Food Rescue and dedicate our time and resources to making a difference in children’s lives.”

– Karen Wilson, marketing manager at Synergy Insurance Group

 

Backpacks full of care

The team at Synergy Insurance first heard about Cultivate because of the nonprofit’s Backpack Program, which serves around 1,200 students by providing them with six nutritious frozen meals for the weekend. With several Synergy team members having children in elementary school and partners who work in the education system, this cause was right up their alley, and they were eager to get involved.

Soon enough, the team was planning quarterly volunteer days, where they’d help make food, package meals and fill backpacks for local students to take home during non-school hours. “We recently had a team of 13 employees spend the morning packaging almost 1,400 meals,” said Karen Wilson, marketing manager at Synergy Insurance Group. “We are proud to partner with Cultivate Food Rescue and dedicate our time and resources to making a difference in children’s lives.”

 

Food for all

The Backpack Program is one of Cultivate’s most popular programs. Together with the Cultivate Cares Food Network, Cultivate’s web-based food distribution program that provides nearly one million pounds of food to over 100 different community pantries every year, these two programs reach about 50,000 people every month. Rescuing food also reduces harmful greenhouse gases emitted by landfills, where this food would otherwise end up.

 

“Synergy Insurance Group has become a valued part of this community and has had a big impact on the success of our programs.”

– Jim Conklin, co-founder and executive director at Cultivate Food Rescue

 

“None of this would be possible without our amazing community partners: food donors, financial supporters, volunteers, schools and pantries,” said Jim Conklin, co-founder and executive director at Cultivate. “Synergy Insurance Group has become a valued part of this community and has had a big impact on the success of our programs.”

In addition to regularly volunteering with the Backpack Program, Synergy employees also volunteer at Cultivate’s annual golf outing and annual Taste of Hope fundraiser. They help with ushering, parking coordination, registration ticket sales, cleanup and more. They also love to invite clients to these fun events — community members love attending the annual fundraiser where they can try tapas-style dishes from local restaurants and organizations who work with Cultivate.

 

Time spent together

The employees at Synergy love knowing they are helping people in their community, and they see the positive impacts this has on their agency culture as well. “Volunteering as a team is so fun!” Wilson shared. “The time spent together, casually dressed and in a different setting, really solidifies our team and helps set the tone for the week.”

A $10,000 award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help Cultivate rescue around 9,091 pounds of food and provide meals for around 7,273 individuals through the pantry and backpack programs. It would also reduce Cultivate’s carbon footprint by 1,545 kgCO2e. Now that’s a winning combination!

Help Synergy Insurance Group win $10,000 for Cultivate Food Rescue by clicking the vote button. Get them an extra vote by cheering them on in the comments below by June 30, 2023.

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Jenny
8 months ago

Good people doing GREAT things!

Nancy Natale
8 months ago

Good Luck to Synergy Insurance Group!

Erin Dougherty
8 months ago

Thanks Cultivate!!!

Dolores A Starr
8 months ago

Today’s world finds many children going hungry with their only meal being the one that they get at school. Thank you all for doing what you can to help provide for these little ones.

Sandra C Wheeler
8 months ago

Great organization!

Grant Hellwarth
8 months ago

You got my upvote!

Becky
8 months ago

One vote closer!

Mariah Kulkin
8 months ago

Let’s go team!

Justine Backus
8 months ago

So close, let’s go Synergy Team!

Mariah Kulkin
8 months ago

Congrats!

Justine Backus
8 months ago

Woohoo less than 100 votes to go!

Laura McNally
8 months ago

We are getting there! Let’s go team!

Mariah Kulkin
8 months ago

Way to go!

Justine Backus
8 months ago

We’re getting closer. Let’s go!

Laura McNally
8 months ago

Thank you Synergy!

Stacey Mitchell
8 months ago

What a great cause! Thanks for supporting our local Indiana communities Synergy

Vibha
8 months ago

Such great work! Wishing you all the best for your 10k goal.

Barry Floyd
8 months ago

Good luck ..such a great cause

Laura McNally
8 months ago

Keep voting!

Danielle Shearer
8 months ago

Good luck

Jessica Greene
8 months ago

Congrats! Awesome work!

Laura McNally
8 months ago

Thank you to Synergy and Safeco for your support of our mission!

Ashley Siery
8 months ago

Yaaaassss Synergy

Justine Backus
8 months ago

Let’s go Team Synergy!

Kerrie Oliver
8 months ago

Best of luck!

Justine Backus
8 months ago

Way to go Synergy!

Kayla Chiara
8 months ago

Go team!

Laura McNally
8 months ago

We love Cultivate!

Brandi Sheets
8 months ago

An amazing program for a wonderful community! Thank you for all that you do!!

Lisa Johnson
8 months ago

What a great program!

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