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DRIVE THROUGH FOOD DRIVE
Michigan City, IN
04/28/2020 12:36 PM

A “drive through food drive” is being held in partnership with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City as a way to encourage the community to help those in need – but doing it in a safe way.

This will take place Tuesday, May 5 from 3pm to 6pm at The Salvation Army of Michigan City, 1201 S. Franklin Street.

During this time, the community is encouraged to make donations of non-perishable food items to the food pantry in a safe, no-contact way.  Simply drive up to the back door of The Salvation Army using the alley by entering from Washington Street and exiting to Franklin Street.

“We ask for those making donations to have the food in the trunk of their vehicle so we can remove the food without any contact,” said Major Becky Simmons of The Salvation Army.  “This way we can all maintain social distancing.”

Helping to make this food drive a success, volunteers from the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, will both be lending a hand during the food drive.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we are working hard to keep providing food to needy families in Michigan City,” said Major Becky Simmons of The Salvation Army.  “But it hasn’t been easy because the number of families in need continues to grow as more and more people are facing unemployment.”

Suggested items for donations are canned fruits and vegetables, soup, canned or dry pasta, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, canned meat, paper products, hygiene products and diapers.  The Salvation Army of Michigan City is currently serving between 300 and 400 local families every week through the food pantry, Simmons said, which is much higher than the typical 120 families served per week prior to the crisis.

“A drive-through food donation is an easy and safe option for individuals or businesses to give to those in need at this time,” said Katie Eaton, president of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce.  “The Salvation Army of Michigan City is serving almost four times as many families and they need all the assistance our community can provide.  The Chamber is happy to help support this initiative that will bring much-needed food donations straight to those who need it most.”

Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City agreed, saying, “We appreciate the innovative thinking by The Salvation Army, who continues to serve the enormous amount of families in need at this time.  We strongly encourage companies and community members to donate and do what they can during this crisis.  Michigan City is a caring community and we will get through this difficult period together.”

The Salvation Army food pantry operates Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm for those who need food assistance.  More information is available by calling (219) 874-6885 or by vising the Facebook page of The Salvation Army of Michigan City.

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Jessica O'Brien
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