McLean County’s Midwest Food Bank ready to serve thousands for Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 9:47 PM CST
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MCLEAN COUNTY (25 News Now) - Despite food shortages and needing a refrigerated trailer, Midwest Food Bank Bloomington-Normal is still ready to feed thousands of families. Saturday is the biggest day of the year for the food bank.

Just a month ago, the food bank was in need of refrigerated trailers ahead of its ‘Give Thanks’ Thanksgiving give out. A transportation company in El Paso provided one, but there were still other obstacles.

“Just the overall sheer volume of food available has been a challenge this year. It’s definitely been different this year than previous years,” said food bank executive director, Tara Ingham.

The food bank saw its own suppliers cut back on production. While volume was down, demand was still up.

“Inflation really took a toll on many people throughout our community. In fact, on average 25% more food has been requested by the food pantries and the non-profits we serve,” said Ingham.

Although, Ingham says they were still able to put together 2,200 boxes of food to pass out Saturday. The boxes include a turkey, pie crust mix and other Thanksgiving essentials.

“We’re hoping to just bless some families this year, some households that are facing that need and giving them an opportunity to say thanks,” said Ingham.

While they served few than expected last year, Ingham believes there should be more people this year.

“There’s so many great people in our community and organizations that come together to make it happen, people truly care,” said Ingham.

The event is also hosted by Home Sweet Home Ministries. People can receive food from 9 am to 2 pm until supplies last at 2031 Warehouse Drive, Normal.