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. Thatâ€™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 stateâ€™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
"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.
View the Mid-Land Meals website.
More success stories