Cultivate Cares Food Network

Supporting food pantries and soup kitchens across the community

Hunger Relief through Food Rescue and Partnerships

Along with our backpack meal program, our team takes rescued food and redistributes it to over 115 pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations serving our neighbors with food insecurity. Not only do these partnerships allow more food to reach hungry people, but other organizations get to leverage our network and storage facilities making them more efficient as well.

Food relief agency partners

Pounds of food redistributed

How does it work?

It’s all about logistics!

Side view photo of the Cultivate Food Rescue giant box truck with slogan "No Neighbor Hungry, No Food Wasted"

Cultivate’s refrigerated trucks travel around the community picking up excess food from grocery stores, wholesalers, food distributors, farms, and everything in between. The rescue team takes pride in both food safety and operational efficiency.

Once collected, the food is brought back to Cultivate HQ where it is inventoried, processed, and stored. At this point, the food becomes available via the online ordering platform. Pantries use this platform to see available stock, place orders for items they need most, and set pick-up or delivery times right from their phones or computers.

The result is an easy way for local food relief agencies to address their storage, transportation and bottleneck issues. And that means more nutritious, high-quality, perishable food (free of charge to the pantries) is on the shelves feeding our neighbors.

Making an Impact

Clay Pantry

Cultivate Cares Food Network helped Clay Pantry increase their pounds of food distributed by 728%, reaching an additional 724 families! How are we accomplishing this? Cultivate Cares Food Network (CCFN) is a food pantry support system that provides much-needed perishable food items to food pantries in our three-county area at no cost to the pantries. We are building the much-needed infrastructure and logistics to reroute existing supplies of food from those who have it to those who need it!

728% Increase

in pounds of food distributed by Clay Pantry

724 Families

Additional families reached due to increase in food distribution

$30,000 Savings

Clay Pantry increased their reach while cutting their costs

Why we do what we do

Key Statistics and Metrics

people across the three counties we serve are food insecure


of the population of Indiana is food insecure

children in our three counties are living in poverty

Pantry and School Partners


Backpack School Partners

  • Career Academy
  • Clay Church Pantry
  • Clay Intermediate Academy
  • Coquillard Elementary
  • Darden Elementary
  • Graduate School
  • Harrison Elementary
  • Ivy Tech South Bend
  • LaVille Elementary School
  • Lifeline
  • Lincoln Primary School
  • Madison STEAM Academy
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Monroe Primary Center
  • Navarre Middle School
  • Paramount School of Excellence
  • SALT Program
  • SBCSC Adult Education
  • Success Academy
  • Warren Primary Center
  • Wilson Primary Center

Cultivate Cares Food Network Partners

  • Abundant Faith Family Ministries
  • Aids Ministry
  • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
  • Apostolic Temple Village
  • Briarcliff Health & Rehabilitation
  • Brick of Hope Ministries
  • Broadway Christian Parish
  • Camp Millhouse
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for the Homeless
  • Christ Temple Apostolic Church
  • Christ the King-St Vincent de Paul
  • Clay Church
  • Clubhouse of St Joseph County
  • Davis Foundation
  • Devine Faith Ministries
  • Downtown Soup Kitchen
  • Feed a Friend
  • First United Methodist Church
  • For the Good
  • Gethsemane Church of God
  • Greater New Jerusalem Mission Baptist Church
  • HEAL
  • HealthLinc
  • Heroes Camp
  • Hope Avenue - Oaklawn
  • Hope for the Hungry
  • Hope Ministries
  • Ironwood Pentecostal Church Food Pantry
  • IUSB - Titans Feeding Titans
  • Ivy Tech/IPI School
  • Keller Park Church
  • Kingdom Business International Ministries
  • Lakeville United Methodist Church
  • Lasalle Park Homes
  • Life Treatment Center
  • Lifeline Youth & Family Services
  • Little Flower Catholic Church
  • Lydick United Methodist Church
  • Mac Food Pantry
  • Maranatha Missionary Baptist Church
  • Michiana Christian Community
  • Miami Village Church
  • Mishawaka Food Pantry
  • New Carlisle Food Pantry
  • Northeast Neighborhood Center
  • Oaklawn Properties - Oaklawn
  • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center - Oaklawn
  • Oliver Apartments - Oaklawn
  • Our Lady of the Road
  • Recovery Cafe - Oaklawn
  • River Park United Methodist Church
  • Robinson Community Learning Center
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Salvation Army - St Joseph/Kroc Center
  • Southgate Food Pantry
  • St Vincent de Paul - St Joseph Parish
  • St. Adalbert & St. Casimir
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church
  • St Joseph County Health Dept - Mishawaka
  • St Joseph County Health Dept - North East & West
  • St Joseph County Health Dept - Rum Village
  • St Joseph County Health Dept - Walkerton / N. Liberty
  • St Joseph County Health Dept - West Side
  • St Joseph County Public Library
  • St. Margaret’s House
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul's Memorial Church
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Center
  • Storehouse Food Pantry
  • Take Heart Inc.
  • The Grace Place
  • Transformation Ministries
  • Village Food Pantry
  • Vineyard Community Center
  • West Side Church of Christ
  • Youth Services Bureau of St Joe County
  • YWCA

Backpack School Partners

  • Baugo Community School
  • Boys & Girls Club Goshen
  • Bristol Elementary
  • Child & Parent Services
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Concord South Side
  • Concord West Side
  • Eastwood Elementary
  • Elkhart Freshman Division Fieldhouse
  • Goshen Intermediate School
  • Heart City Health
  • Mary Beck
  • Mary Daly Elementary School
  • Model
  • Monger Elementary
  • North side Middle School
  • PACE Preschool
  • Parkside Elementary School
  • Pierre Moran Middle School
  • Prairie View Elementary School
  • Pride Academy
  • Riverview Elementary
  • Roosevelt STEAM Academy
  • School Without Walls
  • Wa-Nee Community Schools
  • Waterford
  • West Goshen
  • West Side Middle School

Cultivate Cares Food Network Partners

  • Adult & Teen Challenge Northern Indiana
  • Boys & Girls Club Elkhart County
  • Boys & Girls Club - Nappanee
  • Boys & Girls Club - Goshen
  • Brady Center
  • Church community Services
  • Elkhart Excel Center
  • Elkhart Schools Art Café
  • Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Jimtown Food Pantry
  • Heart City Health
  • Kingdom Community Center
  • Kingdom Impact
  • Maple Leaf Commons
  • Middlebury Boys & Girls Club
  • Middlebury Food Pantry
  • Nappanee Open Door
  • Open Gate Food Pantry
  • Project Scope
  • S.A.K.A.L the Center
  • Salvation Army - Elkhart
  • Salvation Army - Goshen
  • Saving Grace
  • Shepherd's Cove (Calvary Assembly of God)
  • Susanna's Kitchen
  • The Center
  • The Hub Bristol
  • The Village Community Center
  • World Harvest Church

Backpack School Partners

  • Argos Elementary
  • Bremen High School
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Marshall-Starke County Head Start
  • Riverside
  • St. Michael's Catholic School
  • Washington Discovery Academy
  • Webster Elementary

Cultivate Cares Food Network Partners

  • Boys & Girls Club, Bremen
  • Bread of Life
  • Community Services
  • Culver Food Pantry
  • David’s Courage
  • DeLong Gospel Lighthouse Church
  • Marian University's Ancilla College
  • Marshall County Neighborhood Center
  • Monastery of the Holy Martyrs
  • Oak Haven
  • Plymouth Baptist
  • Serenity House
  • Shepherd's Food Pantry Argos


Cultivate has been a huge blessing for us. We have served almost double the number of clients the month of June in 2022 as we did in 2021, with the same amount of purchased food. The free food that we get from Cultivate has helped us tremendously.

Bread of Life Pantry

Our intent is to make a visit to a food pantry something to be excited about and not seen with a stigma. So whenever I see anything on your website that may be a smile maker for the kids, I jump on it. This month those strawberries were a delight to our visitors. They were better than the ones we saw at the grocery store. God bless you and all the Cultivate staff!

Lydick Food Pantry

Because of CCFN’s unique online ordering options we are able to order and provide specific items for our guests whether it be for allergies, culturally appropriate foods, etc. We know our guests and what they may want and check every week to see what we have to offer.

John at the Center (FCDC)

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