Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger is the campus-wide food drive at Notre Dame, held in September which is Hunger Action month. The funds collected are divided between two groups: People Gotta Eat and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

With the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Mission in our hearts, Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger strives to alleviate hunger in the greater Michiana area by partnering with local programs that distribute food to people in need.


"With members of our community struggling for the basic food necessities, we have the responsibility to respond. Let's take this opportunity to share our blessings with those in need."

  -Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President

Here in Indiana, 1 out of every 4 children is food insecure and in northern Indiana, almost 20% of the population is food insecure.

People Gotta Eat

People Gotta eat is a group of 12 St. Joseph County food pantries who have banded together under the auspices of St. Joseph County United Way to share resources and raise awareness and funds together.  Having to purchase staples from the food bank, even at a reduced cost, can leave them with little to use for purchasing
meat and produce.

I would like to donate to the People Gotta Eat program.

(Scroll down United Way page to the People Gotta Eat link)


Food Bank of Northern Indiana

The food bank runs its own food pantry as well as serving as a middleman for the other local food pantries (46 in St. Joseph County and 140 in the greater six-county area), buying food at reduced prices and
selling it to the pantries and distributing the donated food. They also run a Fun Pack program that provides children in need with a backpack of food each weekend during the school year.

I would like to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana’s Fun Pack program.


The 2016 Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger food drive will be from Sept 5, 2016 through Sept 23, 2016.