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Local leaders come together to help fill a need for the East Bluff community

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Heartland Health Services, the Food Pantry Network and the Peoria Police Department Resource Center came together Wednesday to fill the need for food and PPE in the East Bluff community.

With school in full swing and families still feeling the financial effects of covid, local leaders came together to fill the homes of the East Bluff community.

"Even before covid we knew there was a need here in the East Bluff. This resource center is here for the community. We're giving out supplies, we're giving out food, were giving out housing supplies because we see the huge need especially with covid-19 going on," says Makinze Roman with Heartland Health Services.

Dozens of neighbors drove through Wednesday, receiving boxes of vegetables, dry goods and plenty of potatoes.

"It's important for us to serve. We want them to know we have the resource center here in this community and we want them to know we're here to serve them," says Christopher Johnson, the focus deterrence project manager with the city.

Johnson says it's important to have the police department there to establish relationships while handing out food; and the community has appreciated every minute of it.

"You see the families coming up with kids in the car and they are really needing food and the PPE materials, you got school starting back up and being able to give the food to a family that is needing it…every family is really touching our hearts today," says Roman.

Trisha Christakes

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