St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Donates to Help Distribute Rescued Food!

The Heart of the City Mission Foundation (HOTC) announced recently that it has received $12,500 to help fund the distribution of rescued food items from area restaurants and provide to underserved households in areas of food insecurity for the calendar year of 2021. 

“We feel blessed to be able to invest in your food rescue program,” said Meg Distler, Executive Director, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. “Helping to provide supporting assistance efforts for ‘vulnerable, food-insecure individuals’ in Allen County to access nutritious food enables us to keep alive the 152-year legacy of our Sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, of helping to make sure that everyone in this community can access quality care for their mind, body, and spirit.”

St. Joseph Community Health Foundation board members have toured the Heart of the City Mission Foundation, located on Cass Street, meeting individuals and volunteers connected with the food rescue and distribution program.

“One of the special conditions of this grant requirement was asking us to show how we holistically approach and help those we serve with a sense of purpose,” explained Timothy Stauffer, co-chair of the HOTC board. “Providing access through distributing rescued food to under-served households in the heart of our city helps to not only empower those we serve, but helps build their own sustainability by nourishing their mind, body, and spirit. This is especially important during the aftermath of the pandemic.”

The Heart of the City Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2010 to serve as an umbrella for several existing, stand-alone, non-incorporated inner city programs. Collectively, these programs serve the inner city families of central Fort Wayne, Indiana by providing inner city children and adults with life-skills, nourishment, education, mentoring, tutoring, and support services to help them become financially independent and successful. The ultimate goal of Heart of the City Mission Foundation, Inc is to break the cycle of generational poverty by making a difference one life at a time.

To learn more about how to support the food rescue program, or to arrange for a tour the HOTC facility, contact Timothy Stauffer, HOTC Board of Directors Co- Chair, by email at or by phone at 260-444-2901 (office).