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Midwest Food Bank helping Texans in need

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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (WEEK) - The Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington-Normal is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide truck loads of food to Texans in need.

"We're absolutely blessed to see the response from the local community," Executive Director Tara Ingham said.

The Midwest Food Bank turned to the community asking for volunteers to help pack four-thousand family food boxes to be sent to the Lonestar state.

"When you have zero access to food it's something to get a family up in running during a time of crisis," Ingham said.

The boxes hold enough food to feed a family of four up to five days.

Steve Pruett has been volunteering at the food bank for about 10 years. He said this is a project they do on a regular basis, but it's a little ramped up because of the immediate need.

"To know that we have this many people willing to give up there time for somebody else because that's really what it's all about," Pruett said.

Executive director Tara Ingham said this is like hurricane relief season. There's a widespread disaster where a whole state is affected. They're always taking donations in case disaster like this strikes, with people standing by ready to pack food and send it where it needs to go.

"I think that's why everybody is out here. We've had an excess of volunteers wanting to help and I think that says a lot about this community," Pruett said.

So many volunteers have reached out, all volunteer slots are full.

"We put on the Facebook how we needed folks to come out and fulfill some of our shifts to get these boxes packed, they filled up immediately," Ingham said.

Ingham said another great way to get involved is with a financial donation.
She said that's what makes it all possible. One family food box costs about 25 dollars to put together and ship.

"It's difficult, but it's easy to do when people are in need," Pruett said.

Ingham said they do anticipate adding more shifts this week. She encourages people to give the Midwest Food Bank a call (309-663-5350) or check their Facebook for more volunteer shifts.

Gabi Guerrero

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