Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Bank are pleased to share another successful year for Give Thanks. With the help of the community the 2 nonprofits have collected 2,300 turkeys, and other meal items, in 25 days.
The turkeys, along with meal boxes, were distributed on November 18 and 20 at Midwest Food Bank with the aid of almost 200 volunteers. About 2,416 households were served, impacting close to 10,000 individuals.
“We are so grateful to be in a community that cares,” says Matt Burgess, Home Sweet Home Ministries’ Chief Operating Officer. “Give Thanks is truly a community based initiative. We had several community partners involved including Hy-Vee, Schnuck’s, and Great Plains Media,” he says. “With Give Thanks, we see the best of people, we see the best of the community.”
The people from Home Sweet Home Ministries and Midwest Food Bank would like to emphasize that none of this could be done without the support of hundreds of people in the Bloomington-Normal area.
“It makes your Thanksgiving a little better knowing that you’ve helped others have a great Thanksgiving too,” says Mike Hoffman, Midwest Food Bank’s Director of Operations. “We received a lot smiles and praises as drivers pulled up. We can’t thank the community enough for helping us provide meals for those in need again this year.”