Local food bank working to provide meals to families this holiday season

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Thanksgiving during a pandemic will look different. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana usually has turkeys to hand- out for folks struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season, but this year, that’s not the case.

The holidays always seem to revolve around food, and even though the Food Bank of Northern Indiana might not be able to provide turkeys for every family this year, they still plan to help make sure there is food on the table.

Thanksgiving will be different this year for many families, especially at the food bank, where it won’t be like previous years.

On any given year, the non-profit receives donations to provide frozen turkeys to families in need during the holiday season.

Due to the unprecedented year, many businesses and organizations who would usually contribute and donate aren’t able to. Instead, the food bank will have a mobile food distribution, just like they’ve been doing throughout the pandemic, to ensure everyone has food on the table this Thanksgiving.

And if you’re able to help the food pantry, they’re looking for financial donations, food donations, and even volunteers to help.

Each week, the food bank is in a different community handing out food boxes, and even though frozen turkeys may not be on the menu, they will continue to provide for the community.

“We know that we’re going to see this increasing need for quite a while. We’re heading into winter, and we know, again, that the people who need our help really will continue to do so,” said Marijo Martinec, the Executive Director of Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

The mobile distributions will be held on Nov. 23-25 at 702 Chapin St. For more information on the mobile food distribution go to https://feedindiana.org/

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