Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger is the campus-wide food drive at Notre Dame, held in September which is Hunger Action month. The funds collected are divided between two groups: People Gotta Eat and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
With the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Mission in our hearts, Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger strives to alleviate hunger in the greater Michiana area by partnering with local programs that distribute food to people in need.
2018 FIFH: We raised $26,000 and 400 pounds of food.
People Gotta Eat is a group of 12 St. Joseph County food pantries who have banded together under the auspices of St. Joseph County United Way to share resources and raise awareness and funds together. Having to purchase staples from the food bank, even at a reduced cost, can leave them with little to use for purchasing meat and produce.
The food bank runs its own food pantry as well as serving as a middleman for the other local food pantries (46 in St. Joseph County and 140 in the greater six-county area), buying food at reduced prices and selling it to the pantries and distributing the donated food. They also run a Fun Pack program that provides children in need with a backpack of food each weekend during the school year.