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‘Gobble Up Hunger’ fundraiser for Milford Food Bank took place Nov. 5 –

A fundraiser for the Milford Food Bank took place on November 5 at Milford School. The event included a dinner, a live auction and a silent auction. InkFreeNews photos by Phoebe Muthart.

By Phoebe Muthart

MILFORD – “Gobble Up Hunger” took place on Saturday, November 5 at Milford School and included a haystack supper, silent auction and live auction. The event was a fundraiser for the Milford Food Bank.

The Milford Food Bank, located at 111 S. James St., Milford, got off to a meager start in 2010 serving just five local food pantries with a borrowed trailer, a forklift, a building and a handful of volunteers.

In 2012 the sawing operations were transferred to The Papers warehouse. From this location, we served 50 pantries in 12 counties across northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The food bank was profusely blessed in 2017 with the donation of a 5,000 square foot building by the Mission Committee of the Christian Apostolic Church in America.

The Milford Food Bank collects food from across the United States

Food rescue is an important part of the organization. The United States wastes approximately 40% of its total food production across the entire food production and consumption industry. Milford Food Bank partners with other food banks and all parts of the food industry to help save food that would otherwise go to waste.

It is open Monday and Friday mornings for distribution to partners in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. It partners with food pantries, community kitchens, residence halls, backpacking programs and other community food delivery organizations to distribute collected food throughout the Midwest and across the United States and currently serves more than 130 of these organizations.

A faith-based organization, the mission of the Milford Food Bank is to share the love of Christ by providing food to the needy and food insecure. It is not, however, a pantry.

People had the chance to obtain bakery products, among other things, during the silent auction. There were 46 silent auction items.

During the live auction, people were able to bid on a variety of items. Some of the items in the live auction were: hedge trimmers, tool chest, $100 gift certificate to Knepp Sand and Stone, Maple Leaf Farms products, Winchester 1890 rifle, wooden lounge chair Polywood and wild animals with feeders from Tractor Supply Company.

In total, there were 157 live auction items.

COO Bill Dagy said, “Our goal is to raise $25,000 tonight and that doesn’t include our auction and dinner sponsors.

A haystack supper was enjoyed by attendees with ice cream served as dessert.

To volunteer or help with distributions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Carol Haab at (574) 518-4604 or [email protected]

To be a carrier, contact Dagy at [email protected]

For more information, visit

Pictured are Milford Food Bank chief operating officer Bill Dagy, right, and Paul Fought.

Milford Food Bank board member Austin Beer bids on a silent auction item.

Ida Schmucker and her daughters, Savannah and LeAnna, enjoy a haystack dinner.

Doug and Doreen Ruch help serve dinner at tonight’s fundraiser, which continues until 8:30 p.m.

Jim and Amy Conklin of Cultivate Food Rescue in South Bend review items from the live auction.

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