COVID-19 Edition | Spring 2020 | COVID-19 Edition
From the Front Lines as an Essential Provider !

has been
at the forefront of


in Allen County


we want to tell you how!

Please read on...
Program Highlights
Food Bank

March-May 15
Total individuals served 1,301
Total families served 321

As a reminder, Food Bank hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9:00-11:30am, Tues. 4:00-6:00pm, and Sat. 9:00-11:30am.

All you need to bring is 1 form of identification and proof of residency such as a mailed bill.

Wellspring on Wheels (WOW)

March-May 15
Total individuals served 3,944
Total families served 2,572

Our 4 dedicated WOW sites remain busy and in response to COVID-19, we've added pop-up WOW sites on Tuesday's from 11:00am to 1:00pm at various locations throughout Allen County.

We've been to all 4 corners of the city and beyond, including New Haven and Hoagland. We're now booking pop-up WOW sites into June.

For a schedule of our 4 dedicated WOW sites, Click here! And, make sure to follow Wellspring's social media for announcements regarding our Tuesday pop-up WOW sites.
Wellspring is Recognized in the Media & Beyond!
Terra Brantley featured Wellspring on Wheels (WOW) in her Positively Fort Wayne series on April 13, 2020. The fabulous women of WOW were featured distributing food at Dwenger High School the day WANE 15 filmed - a week before we received donated masks. Everyone wears gloves and masks now thanks to the generosity of several individuals! Click here to watch the segment .

The Journal Gazette has featured our WOW sites twice - once on April 15 and, again, on April 29 !

INPUT Magazine featured Wellspring's food programming on April 1 and that article can be found here .

The Fort Wayne Magazine featured our Executive Director, Melissa Rinehart, in their May, 2020 issue. Learn more about how Melissa found her calling in the non-profit sector here .

Jennifer Norris-Hale of the Greater Good of Northeast Indiana recognized Wellspring as the non-profit of the month in April. She also gifted us a generous donation to be used in our food programming. Thank you GGNEI! To watch the video click here.

Thank you to the Northeast Indiana Association of Health Underwriters for recognizing Wellspring as their selected non-profit of the month in April. Their generous donation couldn't have come at a better time! Thank you NIAHU!

And, a final note of recognition and gratitude for emergency funding from the Foellinger Foundation , the Community Foundation , the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation , United Way of Allen County , SCAN , and the Frankenmuth Insurance Foundation .
From the Executive Director...
I'm humbled by the community's response to our food programming efforts. The number of new investors and the increased generosity of area foundations and congregations , illustrates how mobilizing our mission last year better prepared us to serve during the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, we've distributed over 10,000 lbs of food at our WOW sites and over 9,000 meals in our Food Bank so far this year.

I can't thank my colleagues enough. They've been AMAZINGLY FLEXIBLE in reallocating their time and energy during this pandemic. Let's face it, these are stressful times, but you wouldn't know it at Wellspring. In fact, we all remain GRATEFUL to serve and help those in need with consummate dignity and grace, and always with a smile.

The following note of gratitude is from a client who receives food from our WOW program.

“Thank you to the Food Bank for their continued effort to help not only my family, but the community as a whole. You are doing an incredibly amazing job during such trying, scary times for everyone. Having all four of my children at home all day and my husband out of work, we are going through food so fast. You are helping to ease my family’s food insecurity as well as others. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Thank you for your hard work. I’m truly grateful from the bottom of my heart. You are all incredible.” 

Wellspring will always serve people where they're at!

How can you help us during
the COVID-19 crisis?

Food and monetary donations
are especially welcomed.

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Fort Wayne's central city residents.