With so many businesses closing, downsizing and cutting back, due to COVID-19, more families are needing food assistance. There are 19 million empty plates in the Tri-State during a regular year, so you can imagine the need has increased substantially in 2020. The Tri-State Food Bank has remained open during this pandemic, providing food were it's needed most.

Today, May 1, 2020, Eastland Mall is hosting a drive through food drive from 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. How does that work? You'll need to place your food donations in a box or plastic bag, and put them in your truck. When you arrive at Eastland Mall, you will not need to get out of your vehicle. Simply pop your trunk and members of the National Guard will take the donations out for you.

Items Needed:

  • Canned vegetables such as green beans, corn, peas or carrots
  • Dry pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter 
  • Canned meat such as tuna, beef, chicken or salmon.

Tri-State Food Bank Executive Director Glenn Roberts comments, “Tri-State Food Bank is delighted to partner with our long-time friends at Eastland Mall for this unique food drive to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of any food drive is huge because just one can of soup can prevent the heartbreak of a child going to bed hungry.”

The Tri-State Food Bank is now able to accept food donations at their pantry at 801 E. Michigan Street. The non-perishable food items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are distributed.

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