Illinois Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Financial and GROWMARK have partnered to donate $20,000 to Midwest Food Bank to support COVID-19 disaster relief efforts. The contribution will support four truckloads of family food boxes.
“These funds could not come at a better time,” said Jada Hoerr, Midwest Food Bank’s development director. “We are heavily involved in disaster relief efforts as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.”
As a first responder for The Salvation Army, Midwest Food Bank can have a semi-load of family food boxes on the road within 24 hours of a call. Family food boxes contain enough shelf-stable food to feed a family of four for four to five days. They are assembled, filled and delivered entirely by volunteers. Each semi-load holds about 1,000 boxes.
"Access to food is core to the mission of our farming organization, and is more important now than ever before," said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. "While we work to keep agriculture open and the food supply chain steady, it's also an important time to support food banks that are helping meet immediate food access needs in our communities.”
An additional donation was given by Precision Planting of Tremont to support Midwest Food Bank’s Tender Mercies prepackaged meal program.
Midwest Food Bank has 10 locations in the United States, Africa and Haiti. Its mission is to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and providing disaster relief at no cost to the recipients.