WNDU-TV joins the Foodbank of Northern Indiana and Kroger in thanking the Michiana community for giving generously to the Care Package Challenge. The project was launched to help feed people facing food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected a broad population,” said Marijo Martinec, Executive Director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “During the months of March and April, nearly 7,000 new individuals visited this pantry for the first time.”
From April 13 to 30th, WNDU invited viewers to Join Kroger and donate to the Care Package Challenge. For just eleven dollars, donors could fund a care package to provide desperately needed food. To support the effort, WNDU-TV and Gray Television aired “Singing for Their Supper” on Saturday, April 18th. During the hour-long program, a host of country music stars performed from their homes, all to raise money to fight hunger.
“Helping our community is in our DNA,” said WNDU-TV General Manger John O’Brien. “We are blessed to serve Michiana, and we know people will answer the call when they see their neighbors in need.”
Thanks to the generous viewers of Michiana, the Care Package Challenge raised $106,776—enough to provide 9,707 Care Packages to feed people throughout Northern Indiana.
“We are humbled by the generosity of this community to take the WNDU Care Package Challenge and the commitment of Kroger and WNDU-TV to help feed the hungry during this time of tremendous need,” said Martinec. “We are forever grateful.”
“We will get through this,” said O’Brien. “And we’ll do it by working together.”
WNDU-TV, a Gray Television station and the NBC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana serves television, digital, and mobile viewers in ten counties throughout Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan with news, information, public service, and entertainment.