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Faith Farm & Orchard “Faith Fresh Frozen” Program Ribbon-Cutting

City, state, and community leaders join Pastor Curtis Whittaker at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Faith Farm & Orchard grand opening on March 21, 2024 in Gary, Indiana.

Faith Farm & Orchard hosted a Ribbon Cutting of its “Faith Fresh Frozen” Program on March 21, 2024. Scores of supporters and partners gathered in support of this groundbreaking initiative. Strategically positioned a half block away from the anchor location at 656 Carolina St. in Gary, Faith Fresh Frozen is designed to promote healthier lifestyles while fostering community well-being within the city. The initiative also represents a creative solution to the challenges Gary faces with food deserts.

“Today was a momentous day for  our community,” said the Founder of Faith Farm & Orchard, Pastor Curtis Whittaker. “We are happy to continue this partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and a host of other partners as we work to eliminate food deserts and meet the food needs of residents.” 

Faith Fresh Frozen is not only a product but it is also a commitment to providing nutritious, locally-sourced frozen produce to the community. By offering easy access to fruits and vegetables, this program will help individuals and families make healthier food choices ultimately improving the overall health of our community.

During the grand opening, attendees toured the facility, viewed Faith Fresh Frozen products, engaged with partners, local farmers, as well as network with community leaders, health advocates and community supporters. 

Gary Mayor Eddie Melton was among the speakers along with the following individuals:

• A representative from Senator Todd Young’s office

• Mark Lopez on behalf of Congressman Frank Mrvan 

• State Rep. Regan Hatcher

• Councilman – Mark Spencer

• Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown

• Ami McReynolds, Feeding America

• Victor Garcia, Food Bank of NWI

• Curtis Whittaker, Faith Farms & Orchard  

“The work that FAITH Farms is doing aligns perfectly with our vision for the City of Gary,” said Melton. “Our residents deserve access to fresh food and produce while embracing healthier lifestyles. We look forward to continuing to support this critical work.”

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The ribbon is cut! Everyone is all smiles after Pastor Curtis Whittaker (center) cuts the ribbon during the grand opening ceremony on Thursday, March 21, 2024.
Food Bank of NWI President and CEO Victor Garcia, Mayor Eddie Melton, Gary City Councilman Mark Spencer, and Pastor Curtis Whittaker. (Photos by Ted Brown)

For more information about the Fresh Faith Frozen, visit or call 219-880-0850. 

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