BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bradford Ridge Apartments, a community partner that recently donated $3,100 in response to Hoosier Hills Food Bank’s vandalized trucks, is now focused on filling those trucks with food for those in need this winter season.

Bradford Ridge Apartments in Bloomington, Ind. was one of several partners who donated money to repair two Hoosier Hills’ delivery trucks after thieves took the trucks’ catalytic converters over Labor Day weekend. Their donation helped cover the cost of the insurance deductible and staffing needs to keep the food bank’s deliveries on schedule. Now, the apartment complex is focusing on filling the delivery trucks with food.

“It was such an unfortunate and unexpected circumstance, and we wanted to make sure Hoosier Hills Food Bank continued to meet the needs of the Bloomington and surrounding community while the trucks were out of operation,” said Kelli Kern, area property manager for Buckingham Companies, which owns Bradford Ridge Apartments. “The trucks are fixed. Now, we want to fill them up!”

Beginning Oct. 27 through the end of November, new and prospective renters, residents and the Bloomington community can help fill the trucks by donating canned goods and other nonperishable food at the Bradford Ridge leasing office. For those interested in renting at Bradford Ridge, any canned good donated will automatically waive the initial rental application fee, a $35 savings.

“We’re very grateful for the community partners, like Bradford Ridge, who stepped in during a very unfortunate ordeal,” said Julio Alonso, executive director of Hoosier Hills. “With their generosity, we have been able to continue the mission of Hoosier Hills and provide enough food for our eight‐county service area. And Bradford Ridge’s continued support will only help further our mission.”

A donation bin can be found in the front lobby of Bradford Ridge’s leasing office at 2900 Ridge Road in Bloomington. New renters, residents and the community are invited to drop off donations during normal office hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday or noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Bradford Ridge is an apartment community owned and managed by Buckingham Companies of Indianapolis.

About Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a 501c3 non‐profit organization which collects and distributes over 3.2 million pounds of food annually to 92 other non‐profit agencies in Brown, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties.  These agencies, in turn, serve nearly 26,000 south central Indiana residents in need of food assistance through food pantries, kitchens, shelters and youth programs. For more information, visit www.hhfoodbank.org.

About Buckingham Companies

Founded in 1984, Buckingham is a full service, fully integrated, real estate company that includes the development, acquisition, management and construction of a wide range of property types including multifamily, student housing and mixed‐use communities. Buckingham manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account, clients and institutional partners. More than 90 properties consisting of nearly 20 million square‐feet of property and approximately 15,000 rental units nationwide comprise the managed portfolio. Additionally, Buckingham Foundation annually supports more than 45 nonprofit and civic organizations through philanthropic outreach in the areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, and arts and culture.  For more information, visit www.buckingham‐co.com.