CIVIC LEADERS TOM SOURLIS AND SUE ELEUTERIO OFFER $125,000 TO FOOD BANK OF NORTHWEST INDIANA FOR COMMUNITY STRONG EMERGENCY RELIEF MATCH
April 6, 2020 (Merrillville, IN)
Civic leaders Tom Sourlis and Sue Eleuterio have generously offered to match all donations to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, dollar for dollar, during the month of April—up to $125,000. This gesture comes as the Food Bank increases emergency relief efforts to address the consistently growing need in the Region amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“We are gratified to help support the incredible work of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in meeting the needs of all residents in this time of crisis. This pandemic has reminded all of us that we are connected in community”, said Tom Sourlis and Sue Eleuterio.
“We are asking for the community to help us take full advantage of the match to support the increased immediate costs associated with acquiring and distributing food to our neighbors”, said Victor A. Garcia, Executive Director.
“Feeding America forecasts that shelter-in-place orders coupled with lost wages, school closings, illness, and isolation will threaten the food security of thousands more neighbors in our Region. Last week alone, there was a record number 146,000 claims for unemployment in Indiana, more than 5 times the previous record. With the stay-at home order extended, thousands of our neighbors are uncertain when they can return to work. We are bracing for a significant surge in people turning to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for the first time ever”, said Garcia.
The Food Bank continues to escalate the COVID-19 response to ensure that no one goes hungry during this crisis, and that food is one less worry for individuals and families. Emergency programming includes:
- Senior Food Box Deliveries to seniors that are at highest risk, shut in, lack transportation, or don’t qualify for any type of government assistance.
- Drive Thru Only Mobile Market Food Distributions
- School Site Mini Mobile Market Distributions for families with children who were on free/reduced lunch
- Targeted Mobile Market Food Distributions for Displaced/Unemployed Individuals in hospitality, retail, etc.
- Mini Mobile Market Distributions with several bulk items
“We are in the midst of an unprecedented time, but will get through it on the strength of our community. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is not only offering nourishing food, but also hope to those who need it most”, said Garcia.
To join this community effort with a gift of any amount supporting the Food Bank’s response to the increasing need caused by COVID-19, visit: http://www.foodbanknwi.org/911. Donations can also be mailed to: Food Bank of NWI, Attn: 911, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville, 46410. Please add “911” in the memo/comments section.
About the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has the been leading the fight against hunger in the Region since 1982. The Food Bank distributes nearly 5 million meals annually to children, seniors, individuals, and families in Lake and Porter Counties through more than 100+ partner agencies, Mobile Market Distributions, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors, and the BackPack program. Visit foodbanknwi.org to learn more and join the fight against hunger in Northwest Indiana.
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