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Midwest Food Bank Helping Texas Amid Power Outages

Foot hanging over a hot stove
Ashley Landis
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon stands on his kitchen counter to warm his feet over his gas stove Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

Midwest Food Bank plans to send disaster relief to Texas, following a winter storm that has left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity for days amid one of the state’s worst winters in decades.The food bank said the Salvation Army in Arlington requested more than 4,000 family food boxes be send to its facility. The food bank plans to send one trailer load of boxes from its warehouse in Normal Thursday afternoon and plans to deliver a second trailer on Friday.

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Credit Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank plans to have two trailers of food on the way to Arlington, Texas by Friday afternoon.

“We’re blessed to be able to help our neighbors to the south,” says Mike Hoffman, Midwest Food Bank procurement director. “MFB is ready to continue to help Texans for as long as necessary.”

The food boxes have enough nonperishable food to feed a family of four for four to five days, Midwest Food Bank said.

Tara Ingham, executive director of Midwest Food Bank in Normal, said volunteers can have a shipment on the road within 24 hours of a call.

“Our dedicated volunteers and generous donors allow MFB to bring help and hope to those in need,” she said.

Midwest Food Bank also has facilities in Morton and Peoria. The non-profit requests donations to help cover the cost of fuel and supplies.

More information is available at midwestfoodbank.org.

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