WEEK-TV partnering with the Midwest Food Bank for hurricane relief

Hurricane Ian relief
Hurricane Ian relief(25 News Now)
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 4:23 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 5:23 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - WEEK-TV and the Midwest Food Bank are partnering to collect non-perishable food, paper goods and water towards Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.

The Midwest Food Bank is asking for these types of food, with no glass packaging:

  • Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned Tuna or chicken
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned beans, vegetables, and fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Ground coffee (no-K cups)
  • Individualized snacks

In Morton, those efforts are already underway as the Midwest Food Bank has already made and packed thousands of disaster relief boxes.

“Within each box is food that is shelf stable and ready-made meals so that a family can have food for a couple days,” said Midwest Food Bank’s Lisa Miller.

There are three loads of these boxes - two in Morton and a third in Indiana.

For many at the food bank, the delivery takes on extra added significance.

“It’s especially meaningful because we ourselves have a facility in Fort Meyers, Florida, and so our thoughts and prayers are with everyone across the state that we know will be impacted in the hours and days ahead,” said the food bank’s Jada Hoerr. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone across the state that we know will be impacted in the hours and days ahead.”

The food bank is working with The Salvation Army to distribute these packed boxes and plan to pack more care packages with help from volunteers.

“We have a lot of relationships in this community that will allow us to quickly act and get food into the hands of those who will be in need of it,” Miller said.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday, hitting the southwestern portion of Florida.

If you wish to donate, you can drop off items at our station - 2907 Springfield Road in East Peoria. We’ll be taking donations until Friday.

WEEK-TV and Midwest Food Bank
WEEK-TV and Midwest Food Bank(25 News Now)