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Jim Janesheski

15 December 2022

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2022 NWI Food Drive | Kusiak & WJOB Listeners Need Your Help!

 It’s Christmas Time in the region and the spirit of helping others is stronger than ever!  Today, you’ll learn how people from Lake and Porter County are working together to fight hunger. With deep roots in Northwest Indiana, Kusiak and the WJOB Listers are asking you to join their drive!   This is your no-nonsense guide to the 2022 NWI Food Drive.

The No-Nonsense Drive for the FoodBank of Northwest Indiana
Kusiak's Fundraiser for the FoodBank of Northwest Indiana

Kusiak Construction and his WJOB Listeners are partnering with businesses and people around Northwest Indiana in a “no-nonsense drive” to fight hunger in the Region. On Friday, December 16th from 6:00am -9:00am located at the WJOB radio station at 7150 Indianapolis Blvd Hammond, IN

As part of the Kusiak Cares efforts to give back, Dave Kusiak is collecting much-needed food items for the FoodBank of Northwest Indiana. The community is asked to park in front of WJOB, where volunteers will help unload the bags of food. You can expect a warm thank you! It’s a region thing!

According to  Julia Kusiak, “bring nonperishable items such as canned proteins, peanut butter, and unsalted nuts, mixes, and cereals made with water, canned/dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, ready-to-eat fruit such as fruit cups, squeezable fruit, sauces.”

Please make check donations made payable to: Food Bank of NWI

What our Politicians in Washington could Learn from the Region’s Food Drive!

Kusiak's drive made $15,000 and 3,000 pounds

Last year’s drive raised $15,000 & 3,000 lbs of food for the FoodBank!

Shortly after surviving the fight of his life, Dave Kusiak organized the first NWI Food Drive in 2020. Kusiak was brought up with the values of working hard, appreciating what you have, and paying it forward.  It’s how we do it in Northwest Indiana.

Maybe our politicians in Washington could learn from the Region!

Last year’s fundraiser earned  $15,000 and over 3,000 pounds of food. Great things happen when people respect each other and work toward a common goal!

Kusiak Cares Can Drive

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

6:00-9:00 am -Friday, December 16th 

WJOB Radio Station- 7150 Indianapolis Blvd in Hammond, IN

People and Businesses can drop off Non-Perishable Food Items this Friday, December 16th from 6:00-9:00am

Dave Kusiak has a passion for helping people and feels very blessed to have been brought up in the Region. He feels it’s his responsibility as a business owner to pay it forward. But as a businessman, giving back comes with a direct approach and using networks and relationships to get the job done.

Three years ago when Kusiak first thought of ideas of how he could help people during the holiday season, he knew the best approach was to work with the right people, utilize the right resources, and find a cause where all the proceeds would go directly to the cause.

Finding a cause was easy. Dave chose the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for its commitment to feeding people all over Northwest Indiana.

Food and Donations are being raised for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

Just check out the facts on the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and you’ll quickly see why Kusiak Cares loves supporting this Pantry.

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has been leading the Region’s fight against hunger since 1982 and distributes more than 4.5 million meals each year to hungry kids, adults, and seniors across Lake and Porter counties.

Each month the Food Bank serves more than 23,000 individuals through its 100+ partner agencies and programs like Mobile Marketplace, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors, and the BackPack program

Two ways you can help us Fight Hunger:

Carlos Rivero of Don Quijote gets a warm thanks from Lisa Kusiak. Rivero uses his social media to spread the word… Kusiak has a Drive!


1. Share this post. Tell family and friends.
2. Donate money and/or food on 12/10/21 from 6 am-9 am.
We are accepting cash and check donations. Please make checks out directly to “Food Bank of Northwest Indiana”

Partnering with Kusiak’s listeners to help families was efficient and smart!

kusiak Family fighting hunger

The Kusiak Family Drive

Kusiak’s approach to fighting hunger is similar to how he runs Kusiak Construction. Work hard and make it happen! Kusiak and his family and his home improvement team called partners, vendors, and suppliers for cash donations. By priming the collections with his own cash donation, others are inspired to start writing checks to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. In NWI, you put your money where your mouth is. Kusiak offers this link for anyone that wants to write a check or set up a payment plan.  Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Food can be dropped off at the Kusiak truck

Kuisak counts on his family and team to help, but he also leverages his popular radio show on WJOB as a means to help the Food Bank collect much-needed non-perishable goods. With the tradition of measuring twice and cutting once, followed by delivering on time,  Kusiak runs his charity drive the way he runs his business.  Goals are set, make smart plans and finish on time with expected outcomes.  The drive culminates during his Friday Radio program from 6:00-9:00. His family unloads the goods and accepts donations while Kusiak promotes and engages his listeners.

The folks around Northwest Indiana are asked to bring food and cash to fight hunger in the region.

Donators for the 2022 NWI Food Drive will be unloaded from your vehicle. You will be asked to pull up to the Kusiak Truck where the bags of food are packed in. It will be parked in front of the WJOB Radio Station at 7150 Indianapolis Blvd in Hammond, IN. Just look for the bright yellow Kusiak Construction sign.  Of course, a good contractor doesn’t quit until the job is finished. When the 2022 NWI Food Drive ends at 9 AM, Kusiak drives the food over to the Food Bank of NWI and helps fill the pantry. Job complete!

A Touching Video Capturing the 2000 NWI Food Drive

What Kind of Food Should we Donate?

Kusiak requests foods that are nutrient-rich, healthy, and tasty… stuff you would want to eat! Canned Proteins – Canned chicken, tuna, and salmon are good, shelf-stable items that can add much-needed protein to a meal.

  • Peanut Butter and Unsalted Nuts – Peanut butter in a jar, peanut butter on crackers, or a container of unsalted nuts are a delicious, protein-packed lunch or snack.
  • Mixes and Cereals made with water – Many households don’t regularly have milk or eggs, so consider boxed meals that can be made with just water. Think oatmeal, cereals, instant rice, or packaged pasta and noodles.

  • Canned/Dried Beans, Lentils, Chickpeas – These are great protein options for vegetarians, and can be used alone, in soups, or as part of a full meal.
  • Ready-to-Eat Fruit – Whether they’re used for breakfast, in lunch, or an on-the-go snack, single-serve fruit cups, squeezable fruit sauces, or cartons of dried fruit.

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