Mid-Land Meals Success Story - Lafayette, IN
Nutrition is not only the business of Mid-Land Meals but its passion. The not-for-profit organization relies on 50 employees to prepare and deliver 1,400 meals a day to the young, elderly and disabled in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. That’s 350,000 meals every year from its eastside Lafayette facility, which was built in 2002 and expanded in 2010. All told, Mid-Land Meals manages 16 of the 280 meal sites across the state, using its fleet of vehicles and expanded kitchen and modern refrigeration system. To expand, Mid-Land Meals has undergone a transformation, functioning more like a business. Mid-Land Meals also has an advantage. Of the state’s 15 Area Agencies on Aging, only five have their own kitchen, including Mid-Land Meals. And those areas without kitchens rely on caterers. To manage that growth and to be more competitive, officials contacted Purdue TAP. Purdue management professor Charlene Sullivan and graduate students Mamta Dabral and Aravind Ramamoorthy met with a Mid-Land Meals team to develop a business model outlining costs for bids on providing food service for other Indiana regions, specifically south of Indianapolis. The result: Mid-Land Meals in fall 2011 expanded its reach, winning a bid among several competitors to deliver services to the Columbus region in southeast Indiana.
"I love the way working with Purdue TAP makes you examine your own organization closer. They give you other ideas and ways of looking at your own programs and help you see your strengths. It is wonderful to have Purdue help us become better known across the state. "
- Elaine Brovont, Executive Director, Mid-Land Meals Inc., Lafayette, Ind.